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Sailor's Creek Battlefield State Park

6541 Saylers Creek Road
Rice, VA 23966

804-561-7510

On April 6, 1865, nearly a quarter of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee's army, more than 7,700 men, were killed, wounded or captured here. Lee surrendered 72 hours later at Appomattox Court House. Historical interpreters present various programs and living history events take place at various times throughout the year. Motorists traveling along Lee's Retreat can learn more about the battle by tuning their radios to AM 1610. 

Recreation

TRAILS
There are three hiking trails with interpretive signs. Visitors may take the Kershaw Trail (.8 miles), which leads to Sailor's Creek where the Union army traversed the battlefield to assault the Confederate position. The .8-mile Custis Lee Trail allows hikers to see where Gen. Custis Lee counter-attacked Union forces. At Marshall's Crossroads, signs on the .2-mile Pickett Trail describe the final fighting at Sailor's Creek.

SWIMMING
None at this park.

FISHING, BOATING
Several good fishing opportunities are a short drive from this park. The Appomattox River is a few miles to the northeast. Besides largemouth and smallmouth bass, the Appomattox is home to the Kentucky spotted bass and numerous other freshwater species. Access to the river is limited. Nearby Bear Creek Lake, Twin Lakes and Holliday Lake state parks offer fishing and overnight accommodations.

HORSES
None at this park.

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