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Cold Harbor Battlefield Park

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Address: 5515 Anderson-Wright Dr., Mechanicsville, VA 23111
Phone Number: +1 804-226-1981
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Short Time Needed to Tour This Important Battlefield

This is a much smaller battlefield than I expected. It's one loop with a few pull offs where you can stop and listen to a recorded message. You can either drive or walk. Cold... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 16 October 2016
Scott C
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Syracuse, New York
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Syracuse, New York
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 October 2016 via mobile

This is a much smaller battlefield than I expected. It's one loop with a few pull offs where you can stop and listen to a recorded message. You can either drive or walk. Cold Harbor is close to Richmond, so if you only have an hour or so, you can squeeze it in.

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Edinburgh
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133 reviews
57 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 87 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 October 2016

Once again the NPS wins with this great site. Best for a nice day where you can walk around their various trails. The small visitor centre has a good electric map story and a nice shop (and bathrooms). Park up the car and walk around the woods of battle. A great afternoon out.

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Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 September 2016

Fantastic experience, full of history. I did know of the battle, but not very much. I wish I read about it before I went I think it would have really help put everything in prospective. I highly recommend walking the trails(The Extended Trail) it was amazing to see all the trenches along with walking the exact trails that many solider... More 

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Midlothian, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 August 2016

My first visit to Cold Harbor was the day after Christmas. I nearly had it to myself, and saw as many deer as people. Cold Harbor was a brutal battle. I recommend reading up on the battle itself before your visit, because walking it now it's hard to imagine what happened there. Take the time to hike the long trail... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 August 2016 via mobile

This park is near by and GW and I walk the trails (easily a mile route) very often. Mostly shade and trails go right where the soldiers were. We have deep respect for the sacrifices here.

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1 Thank Teresa W
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 August 2016 via mobile

We visited the Cold Harbor Battlefield on our way to the Outer Banks. We were traveling with dogs, and this was perfect as it was primarily outdoors. This battlefield has amazingly preserved trenches from the war. Standing next to the trenches really helps you imagine a day in the life of a soldier. Each of the three sites has information... More 

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Hope Mills, North Carolina
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 July 2016 via mobile

Stopped by this battlefield while heading back to North Carolina. My 5x great grandfather fought here so I've always wanted to visit. There wasn't much to see here in the way of artifacts and monuments so in that respect it was disappointing. We did enjoy the walking trail though. Its a nice walk through the battlefield with several stops along... More 

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East Peoria, IL
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 June 2016 via mobile

If you have ever wanted to experience the feeling of being alone in the Civil War, this is the place you need to visit. The day we visited, there was one other person in the battlefield area. The NPS Visitor's Center features an electric map featuring troop movements in both the 1862 and 1864 battles. The map makes the battle... More 

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Mechanicsville, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 June 2016

This is a very good place to see one of the bloodiest battles of the civil wars. The trails are well marked and there are signs along the way explaining what you are looking at. Even though I live nearby, it is a good place to take a walk on a nice evening.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 June 2016 via mobile

Relics are fragile. In these preserved earthworks, trenches and firing holes, we observe the beginnings of modern, industrial war. The stories of all battlefields are sad, and so it is at Cold Harbor. The surviving earthworks in context of battlefield terrain explain it all with such clarity. We really should work to preserve the best remaining relics of America's wars,... More 

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