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River & Trail Outfitters

Biking, Camping, Canoeing, Hiking

Knoxville, MD
rain and trail outfitters logo

River & Trail Outfitters offers a variety of trips for your outdoor fun! For over 40 years, they have offered whitewater rafting, tubing, kayaking, canoeing, ziplining, biking, camping, team-building, hiking trips, and food & drink paddling tours.

Washington Monument State Park

Historical Sites, Museums, National & State Parks

Hiking, Scenic Drives and Trails

Middletown, MD

On the summit of South Mountain, a spur of the Blue Ridge chain, stands the rugged stone tower known as The Washington Monument, the first monument dedicated to the memory of George Washington. Washington Monument State Park offers an accessible picnic area, playground and museum.

Thoroughfare Gap Civil War Trails Site

Historical Sites

Hiking, Scenic Drives and Trails

Scott, VA

The Confederate columns, led by Jackson’s force, headed to this Bull Run Mountain pass after leaving The Plains. Jackson’s troops sprinted though Aug. 26 without a problem, putting distance between him and Longstreet, who lagged behind. By Aug. 28, there were lots of Federals in the areas, some of whom headed to the gap to […]

The Wilderness Battlefield Exhibit Shelter

Historical Sites

Hiking, Scenic Drives and Trails

An open-air shelter provides orientation exhibits. A five-mile driving tour and several walking trails provide access to key spots on the 1864 battlefield.

The Union Mills Homestead and Grist Mill

Historic Towns & Villages, Historical Homes, Historical Sites

Hiking, Scenic Drives and Trails

Westminster, MD

Home of Shriver family for six generations, also Maryland Civil War Trails site. Mill produces stone-ground corn meal, wheat, buckwheat flour.

The Graffiti House

Historical Homes, Historical Sites

Hiking, Scenic Drives and Trails

Brandy Station, VA

Built as a residence for a local family, the Graffiti House was converted into a hospital after the Battle of Kelly’s Ford in March of 1863.

South Mountain State Park

Historical Sites, National & State Parks

Hiking, Scenic Drives and Trails

Boonsboro, MD

Located on the Ridge of South Mountain, the South Mountain State Park extends the length of the mountain from Pen-Mar to Weverton. Battle of South Mountain occurred on September 14, 1862. The Appalachian Trail (AT) is a 2178-mile long footpath that runs from Maine to Georgia. The Appalachian Trail in Maryland runs approximately 41 miles […]

South Mountain State Battlefield Park

Battle Sites, Historical Sites, National & State Parks

Scenic Drives and Trails

Middletown, MD

The State Battlefield park encompasses the three gaps (Crampton’s, Fox’s, and Turner’s gaps) that were the scene of the Sept 14, 1862 battle, just days before Antietam.

Shenandoah National Park and Skyline Drive

Historic Towns & Villages, Historical Sites, National & State Parks

Biking, Camping, Hiking, Horse Country, Scenic Drives and Trails

Virginia

Gazing across the horizon from the peaks of Shenandoah National Park it’s hard to believe you are just 75 miles from the bustle of our nation’s capital. Take Skyline Drive along the crest of the mountains through the woods and past spectacular vistas. Hike in the shade of oak trees along the Appalachian Trail, discover […]

Scottsville Historic District

Historic Towns & Villages, Historical Sites

Shopping

Restaurants

Scottsville, VA

Comprised of almost one hundred old buildings, the Scottsville Historic District is a wonderful reminder of 18th and 19th century life in rural Virginia. Almost half of the homes and buildings that remain date to before the Civil War, and tourists can delight in the quiet of the riverfront, or enjoy the small shops and […]

Orange Historic Downtown

Historic Towns & Villages, Historical Sites

Shopping

Restaurants, Wineries, Breweries & Distilleries

Orange, VA

In 1749, the unincorporated town of Orange Court House became the county seat. The Town was incorporated in 1872; in 1890, the official name was shortened to Orange.

Oatlands Historic House & Gardens

Historical Homes, Historical Sites

Scenic Drives and Trails

Leesburg, VA

George Carter, descendant of one of Virginia’s first families, began the 3,408 acre Oatlands Plantation in 1798, and began building the classic Federal-style mansion in 1804, adding to and embellishing the house for nearly 30 years.

Mosby Heritage Area Organization

Battle Sites, Historical Homes, Historical Societies

Scenic Drives and Trails

Marshall, VA

Named for Confederate Colonel John Singleton Mosby who operated against Union forces in this area during the Civil War, this five-county heritage area is known for its scenic and historic landscape. The Mosby Heritage Area Association also produces interpretive programs, lectures, and a Civil War Conference.

Morven Park

Historical Sites, Museums

Horse Country, Scenic Drives and Trails

Leesburg, Virginia

Purchased in 1903 by Westmoreland and Marguerite Davis, the original residence at Morven Park was a small fieldstone farmhouse built around 1780. By the time the Davises purchased the property, it looked as it does today, with its impressive Greek Revival portico and massive columns.

Monticello

Historical Homes, Historical Sites, Museums, Presidential Homes & Sites

Scenic Drives and Trails, Shopping

Bars & Cafes

Charlottesville, VA

Monticello was the home of Thomas Jefferson, author of the Declaration of Independence, third President of the United States and noted architect and inventor. Jefferson began construction on his ‘little mountain’ home in 1769 and, after remodeling and enlarging the house, finally finished 40 years later in 1809.

Monocacy National Battlefield

Battle Sites, Historical Sites

Scenic Drives and Trails

Frederick, MA

Known as the “Battle That Saved Washington”, the battle of Monocacy in 1864 between 18,000 Confederate forces under General Jubal Early, and 5,800 Union forces under General Lew Wallace, marked the last campaign of the Confederacy to carry the war into the north.

McLean House and Farm Civil War Trails Site

Historical Homes, Historical Sites

Hiking

Appomattox, VA

The home of the Wilmer McLean stood near this intersection and became the headquarters for Confederate Gen. P.G.T. Beauregard July 18, 1861, when the Battle of Blackburn’s Ford erupted.

Manassas National Battlefield Park

Battle Sites, Historical Sites, National & State Parks

Hiking

Manassas, VA

The 5,000-acre tract bordered by Bull Run was the scene of two Confederate victories. The First Battle of Manassas, fought in 1861, was the opening engagement of the Civil War and pitted Union Brigadier General Irvin McDowell’s unseasoned troops against ill-trained but spirited Confederates under Joseph E. Johnston and Brigadier General P.G.T. Beauregard.

James Madison’s Montpelier

Historical Sites, Museums, Presidential Homes & Sites

Scenic Drives and Trails

Bars & Cafes

Montpelier Station, VA

The lifelong home of James Madison, “Father of the Constitution” and fourth President of the United States, was also home to three generations of the Madison family from 1723 to 1844. The mansion core was built by Madison’s father c.1760.

Harpers Ferry National Historical Park

Historical Sites, National & State Parks

Camping, Hiking

Harpers Ferry, WV

Harpers Ferry witnessed John Brown’s attack on slavery in 1859, the largest surrender of Federal troops during the Civil War, and the education of former slaves at Storer College, one of the earliest integrated schools in the United States.

Greenbrier State Park

Historical Sites, National & State Parks

Camping, Canoeing, Hiking, Scenic Drives and Trails

Boonsboro, MD

The 42-acre man-made lake and beach draw many visitors who enjoy swimming, canoeing, hiking, picnicking, fishing and hunting. Picnic tables, grills, playgrounds and four lakefront rental gazebos are available in the day use area. The Park offers campsites conveniently located near bathhouses with hot showers.

Gettysburg National Military Park

Battle Sites, Historical Sites, National & State Parks

Camping, Horse Country

Gettysburg, PA

The Battle of Gettysburg (a Union victory) was a turning point in the Civil War. Often referred to as the “High Water Mark of the Confederacy”, it was the war’s bloodiest battle with 51,000 casualties (killed, wounded, captured or missing). It also provided President Abraham Lincoln with the setting for his famous Gettysburg Address.

Gathland State Park and War Correspondents

Historical Sites, Museums

Hiking

Jefferson, MD

Gathland State Park was once the mountain home of George Alfred Townsend, a Civil War journalist. It is the site of a unique collection of buildings and structures that he designed and constructed, some of which have been restored.

Gambrill State Park

National & State Parks

Biking, Camping, Hiking, Horse Country

Frederick, MA

Gambrill State Park, located west of Frederick, provides miles of hiking, biking, and horse trails with stunning overlooks of the surrounding area. A 34-campsite, four-camper cabin campground is available seasonally. See beautiful views from three overlooks, picnic shelters for rent, and the Tearoom, available for reservations. Some facilities are handicapped accessible.

Fredericksburg Battlefield Visitors Center

Battle Sites, Historical Sites

Scenic Drives and Trails

Fredericksburg, VA

The visitor center contains exhibits, a 22-minute movie and bookstore to help orient visitors to the 1862 battle. A five-mile driving tour and several walking trails provide access to the key spots on the battlefield including Chatham Manor.

Frederick Historic District

Historic Towns & Villages, Historical Sites

Shopping

Restaurants

Frederick, MD

Frederick was a regional market and industrial center well into the 20th century. During the Civil War, Frederick was witness to three Confederate invasions, thirty-eight skirmishes and two major battles (South Mountain and Monocacy) as hundreds of thousands of soldiers marched through the community.

Cunningham Falls State Park

Historical Sites

Camping, Canoeing, Hiking, Scenic Drives and Trails

Thurmont, MD

The Park is known for its history and scenic beauty, as well as its 78-foot cascading waterfall (locally known as McAfee Falls) – the largest cascading waterfall in the State of Maryland. The park was originally part of the Catoctin Recreational Demonstration Area created by the federal government in 1936, to demonstrate the restoration of […]

Court Square of Charlottesville

Historical Sites

Shopping

Restaurants

Charlottesville, VA

Buildings within the historic Court Square include 300 Court Square, which is the site of the Eagle Tavern, a simple wooden frame building which stood there in 1791. The brick replacement, which visitors can see today, provided food and lodging on court days, as well as public dances and victory celebrations within its spacious parlor.

Chesapeake & Ohio Canal Historical Park/ Trail

Historical Sites

Biking, Scenic Drives and Trails

Williamsport, MD

The C&O Canal, built between 1828 and 1850, runs 184.5 miles from Georgetown, DC to Cumberland, MD and operated as a commercial waterway until 1924. Over 1,300 historical structures including lockhouses, stone aqueducts, dams, pumphouses and a 3,118 foot long brick-lined tunnel remain along the canal.

Charlottesville Historic Downtown Mall

Historical Sites

Shopping

Restaurants

Charlottesville, VA

Located in historic downtown Charlottesville, it is one of the most beautiful and successful pedestrian malls in the nation.

Chancellorsville Battlefield Visitors Center

Battle Sites, Historical Sites, Museums

Scenic Drives and Trails

Frederick, MA

Contains exhibits, 22-minute movie and bookstore to help orient visitors to the 1863 battle. A seven mile driving tour and several walking trails provide access to the key spots on the battlefield including Salem Church and the Stonewall Jackson Shrine.

Cedar Mountain Battlefield

Battle Sites, Historical Sites

Scenic Drives and Trails

Rapidan, VA

The 1862 Battle of Cedar Mountain, also known as the Battle of Slaughter’s Mountain or Cedar Run, involved 22,000 Confederate troops, under command of Major General Thomas J. ‘Stonewall’ Jackson.

Catoctin Furnace/Cunningham Falls State Park

Historical Sites, National & State Parks

Camping, Scenic Drives and Trails

Thurmont, MD

In operation from 1776 to 1903, the Catoctin Iron Furnace was a community in itself. Founders, miners, clerks, charcoal makers, storekeepers, teamsters, and others came together under the iron master’s supervision. A furnace stack, the iron master’s Manor House ruins, and self-guided trail.

Bull Run Mountains Nature Preserve

Historical Sites

Hiking, Scenic Drives and Trails

Broad Run, VA

Straddling the Fauquier/Prince William County line, the Preserve occupies 2,486 acres of rocky ridges and steep valleys. The varied topography and geology of the site yield several forest and woodland community types with excellent wildlife viewing.

Bristoe Station Battlefield Heritage Park

Battle Sites, Historical Sites, National & State Parks

Horse Country, Scenic Drives and Trails

Bristow, VA

133-acre Bristoe Station Battlefield Heritage Park features a scenic pond, and nearly three-miles of walking and equestrian trail winding through woods. During the Civil War, Confederate forces suffered a bloody defeat at this site when they tried to cross Broad Run in pursuit of the Federal Third Corps. More than 200 soldiers from Alabama, Mississippi, […]

Brandy Station Battlefield

Battle Sites, Historical Sites

Scenic Drives and Trails

Culpeper, VA

The Battle of Brandy Station was the largest cavalry battle of the Civil War and the largest cavalry battle ever fought on the North American continent. It was also the first battle of the war’s most famous campaign – Gettysburg.

Battle of Kettle Run

Battle Sites, Historical Sites

Hiking

Nokesville, VA

As Stonewall Jackson’s troops occupied and looted the railroad junction at Manassas Aug 27, 1862, Federal forces approached his rear guard at Kettle Run. The Confederates there managed to delay the Union force before withdrawing to the junction and then to the old Manassas battlefield. Visible 24-hours a day.

Ash Lawn-Highland

Historical Homes, Historical Sites, Museums

Scenic Drives and Trails

Charlottesville, VA

Ash Lawn-Highland is a historic house museum at the homestead of James Monroe, fifth president of the United States. At the suggestion of his friend and mentor Thomas Jefferson, Monroe purchased the land nearby Jefferson Monticello for his plantation, which he named Highland, in 1793.

Antietam National Battlefield

Battle Sites, Historical Sites

Hiking, Scenic Drives and Trails

Sharpsburg, MD

Antietam was the Bloodiest One Day Battle in American History. 23,000 soldiers were killed, wounded or missing after twelve hours of savage combat on September 17, 1862. The Battle of Antietam ended the Confederate Army of Northern Virginia’s first invasion into the North and led to Abraham Lincoln’s issuance of the preliminary Emancipation Proclamation.

Mosby Heritage Area Association

Battle Sites, Historical Homes, Historical Sites, Historical Societies

Scenic Drives and Trails

Marshall, VA

The c.1801 Caleb Rector House was the site of the formation of the 43rd Virginia Cavalry, Mosby’s Rangers, in 1863. It also was a Civil War hospital and the site of two separate encampments of JEB Stuart in June 1863 during the Battle of Upperville. It currently houses the Mosby Heritage Area, which has been […]

Virginia Outdoor Foundation’s Bull Run Mountains Natural Area Preserve (VOF-BRMNAP)

Historical Sites, National & State Parks

Hiking, Scenic Drives and Trails

Broad Run, VA

The Virginia Outdoors Foundation’s Bull Run Mountains Natural Area Preserve (VOF-BRMNAP) is open to public visitation on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays (year-round). The site is a State designated natural area preserve dedicated to preserving the cultural and natural resources contained therein. As a result, dogs and bicycles are not allowed.

Battle of Upperville/Goose Creek Bridge Regional Park

Battle Sites, National & State Parks

Scenic Drives and Trails

Middleburg, VA
goose creek stone bridge with arch supports

Goose Creek Bridge was a site of the June 21, 1863 Battle of Upperville, a prelude to the Battle of Gettysburg, and part of the Cavalry Battles of Aldie, Middleburg and Upperville. The park today stands as a wonderful mix of history and nature. Walk across the 200-year-old stone bridge that stood as a key […]

Gilbert’s Corner Regional Park

Historical Sites, National & State Parks

Hiking, Scenic Drives and Trails

Aldie, VA
gilbert's corner regional park main sign with details about the park

Gilbert’s Corner Regional Park includes over 155 acres of rolling countryside and mowed paths for walking over this historic landscape. The Eliza Davis Bluebird Trail features several nesting houses and is named for the Civil War-era lady who lived on the property and wrote of being “an eyewitness to war” on the home front for […]