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“Walking Path for Nature/Civil War Enthusiasts” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Third Winchester Battlefield

Third Winchester Battlefield
Ranked #16 of 42 things to do in Winchester
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Virginia
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94 reviews
47 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
“Walking Path for Nature/Civil War Enthusiasts”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2013

We did not have the time to walk the entire trail, and the Civil War battlefields around Winchester are not preserved like in Petersburg, Antietem, or Gettysburg, but the signage was good and it was beautiful countryside.

Visited October 2013
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Winchester
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Third Winchester Battlefield”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2013

Third Winchester, which occurred September 19, 1864, was the largest clash between Confederate and Union forces in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia during the Civil War. Two future United States presidents and the grandfather of George S. Patton fought in the battle, the ferocity of which was described by participants as being more hotly contested than Gettysburg. The area of the battlefield open to the public represents but a small part of the entire field fought over by troops during the battle but what has been preserved is nicely interpreted and represents some of the most vicious fighting that occurred on the site. Third Winchester was a pivotal battle resulting in a Union victory that opened the door to controlling the Valley by the Union, removing any Confederate force in strength and was one of several Union victories that propelled Lincoln into the White House for a second term. I'd highly recommend a tour of the Third Winchester Battlefield to anyone that has an interest in Civil War history or American history in general. The site is a wonderful place to run, walk and observe nature within the context of historical interpretation.

Visited May 2013
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7 Thank Neil B
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Hyannis, Massachusetts
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255 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 111 helpful votes
“I visit here often.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2013

I'm fortunate to live right across the main highway from this battlefield. It's a great educational opportunity as Winchester changed hands 72 times during the Civil War. Many local folk exercise here on a daily basis as the trails are great and the views across the meadows are lovely; there is a great mix of meadows and forests with improved trails in most locations.

Visited May 2013
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3 Thank Pam S
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Homedale, Idaho
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53 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
“Great Place to Walk”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2012

If you are interested in reading about the Third Winchester Battle there are excellent signs identifying the terrain, buildings and army's involved in the battle. People also use the paths for walking and running. It appears that dogs on leashes are welcome. Was a wonderful morning walk with the various birds singing.

Visited October 2012
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3 Thank Randy M
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Winchester VA
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17 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“History, nature and a good hike”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2012

The Third Battle of Winchester was important in many ways. It opened up the Valley of Virginia for the final Union push. The signage and paths are excellent, whichever entrance you start at, and give you a real sense of how the battle was fought.

In addition, the Battlefield park brings you to a lovely creek, and to woods and meadows. It's a photographer's paradise. You do want to b aware, it you are in the woods, that you might be on a mountain bike path. Also, the park is quite large, and you might not want to hike all the way from one end to the other and back, especially on your first visit.

One entrance is on Redbud (not Rudbud) Road, the other behind the local high school. Both have plenty of parking and signage.

Visited July 2012
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