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Civil War Loop

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Trail

0.9 mile 1.4 kilometer point to point
Easy

Elevation

Ascent: 51' 16 m
Descent: -39' -12 m
High: 539' 164 m
Low: 503' 153 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 2% (1°)
Max Grade: 5% (3°)

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Leashed
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Trail shared by Matthew Reeves

Easy 1-mile hike that is very accessible from Route 20--no fee.

Matthew Reeves

Features Birding · Wildlife

Family Friendly Stroller accessible

Open year round during daylight hours.

Need to Know

Park on Route 20 across from Montpelier Train Station

Description

Interpretive hiking trail that connects a set of Civil War encampments to a freedman's cabin (the members of the Gilmore family were former slaves of the Madison plantation). The trail first leads to a regimental encampment, then down to a stream crossing (bridge), then up to reconstructed Civil War huts, then over to the Gilmore Cabin. Gilmore Cabin has been restored by the Montpelier Foundation to its 1880s appearance. On loop back, trail spur leads to Gilmore Family Cemetery.

Flora & Fauna

Hard Woods

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Jun 10, 2019
Matthew Reeves
Two loops. Saw turtles, frogs and deer — 0h 45m

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Stream crossing between the Civil War camp archaeology site and the Civil War hut reconstruction.
Jun 11, 2019 near Orange, VA
Coming out of the woods at the Gilmore Farm -- cabin built by a former slave of James Madison in the 1870s. Restored to its 1875 appearance.
Jun 11, 2019 near Orange, VA

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