Spotsylvania County’s wonderfully diverse attractions are conveniently located between Richmond, VA, and Washington, D.C, along Interstate 95. A Visitor Center at I-95 exit #126 is open 7 days per week.
Several major military battles of the Civil War were fought in the County, and the National Park Service (NPS) and other public and private supporters have respectfully preserved over 8,000 acres for quiet enjoyment. The NPS has a visitor center in the northwest portion of the County, where historians are available during the summer to lead tours and assist visitors in learning about soldier and civilian experiences during the War.
Leisurely kayak and canoe trips are available on the environmentally protected Rappahannock River, which runs along the northern edge of the County.
Local wines and spirits can be found at Lake Anna Winery, Mattaponi Winery, A. Smith Bowman Distillery, and the Blue and Gray Brewery. All have tours, and are family owned and operated.
The Spotsylvania Museum, located in the center of the County, depicts a wide range of historical periods, including Native American activities and the first Governor of Virginia – Alexander Spotswood – who greatly influenced the lives of ordinary citizens in the early 1700’s. The Museum provides maps for self-guided tours of nearby battlefields and the historic Spotsylvania Courthouse area (one block away). The John J. Wright Museum and Cultural Center will let you explore the history of Civil Rights in Spotsylvania.
At the south border of the County is the extensive Lake Anna recreation area, where all forms of resort and water activities are available. Boat sales / rentals / launching / marinas along with lodging, dining, and related equipment are available. Lake Anna State Park has 15 miles of walking trails.
The immense Spotsylvania regional mall offers every imaginable variety of shopping and dining experience. Many hotels and B&B’s are conveniently located near major attractions. See our web page www.spotsylvania.org .