Inspired by Chris Mackowski’s “virtual tour” of the Chancellorsville History Trail on the blog in 2020, I’m inviting you to “take a hike” on the Gordon Flank Attack Trail on The Wilderness Battlefield on this battle anniversary day.
The trail begins at the NPS Contact Station/Shelter for the Wilderness Battlefield just off Route 20 which is the historic Orange Turnpike. From the station, the trail runs through Saunders’ Field into the tree line to the Confederate trenches at the top of the slope, then moves through the woods along a couple miles of well preserved earthworks. The trail is approximately 2 miles in length and loops back to station and parking lot; the trail is well marked at the forks and splits and is blazed in blue along the way.
Let’s get started….
(If the text is small on a few photos, you should be able to click on the image to view it larger. Also, when possible, I’ve cropped a few of the photos to remove some graffiti messages scratched into the signs.)
Here’s part of the old trace for the Culpeper Mine Road. The trail signs are clear at this point where the trail and old road meet. Just follow the blue blazes and trail signs!
And that’s 2 miles with the interpretive signs on the Gordon Flank Attack Trail. I saw some doves, a busy squirrel, and a startled deer during the hike, but I wasn’t able to photograph them.