Appomattox Court House seeks public input for plans to expand trails

For more than 40 years, visitors to the Appomattox Court House National Historical Park have walked among the ghosts of history over seven miles of trails through the park’s historic village and interpretive sites.

The park now is seeking public input for plans to expand the current trails to create a comprehensive, site-wide trail system. Appomattox Court House National Historical Park Superintendent Robin Snyder said plans are to add about two miles to the existing system, which serves about 75,000 visitors annually.

“The whole purpose is to provide better visitor access in the park,” she explained. “We have great stories, and this would enable people to get out to areas they haven’t seen before.”

Many of these important anecdotes are not part of the current trail system, so they may be unknown to visitors, according to Appomattox Court House National Historical Park Natural Resource Manager Brian Eick. Some of these accounts include the last fighting on the morning of the surrender and the site where Hannah Reynolds, an enslaved woman and the only civilian casualty of the Battle of Appomattox Court House, was wounded.

The park, which is located in Appomattox County, Virginia, covers 1,770 acres around the site where the Confederate Army surrendered to the Union Army in April 1865, effectively ending the Civil War.

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