“A short 5k loop option on the Petersburg Battlefield Trails.
— Omar Delgado
Birding · Fall Colors · River/Creek · Wildlife
A tough 5k loop with some elevation gains.
Park is open from dawn to dusk.
Need to Know
There are two road crossing (tour road), but traffic is almost zero. During heavy rains, the lower sections of Waterline Trail
might flood, to include the intersection of Birney Trail
and Friend Trail
Trail is open to horseback riding and bikers as well, so keep an eye and an ear out, and be sure to yield appropriately.
From the parking lot, head out from the trailhead onto Waterline Trail
making a right on Birney Trail
which becomes Friend Trail
and continues into Battery 7 Trail
and Meade Station Trail
and looping back to Prince George Courthouse Trail
to finish up the loop.
This short loop can be taken in either direction. There are few intersections to pay close attention. The longer Friend Trail
has you running next to a creek and offers a great section to take in the beauty of the park. Keep an eye out for the Fork Tree as this is the indicator of the ascent portion of the trail. If you reverse the featured run, you'll encounter the ascent on the Waterline Trail
which is a more difficult and longer portion.
Flora & Fauna
Pines, squirrels, birds, snakes and deer.
History & Background
Petersburg National Battlefield is a National Park Service Park that continues to preserve the site related to the American Civil War Siege of Petersburg.