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Address: 7600 Fort Darling Road, Richmond, VA

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Stop Off I-95

Hot, steamy morning after T-storms last night. Pleasant 1/2 mile walk along paved & gravel trail to earthworks overlooking the James River. Squirrels, woodpeckers, butterflies... read more

Reviewed 27 July 2016
Johnny J
Baltimore, Maryland
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Newport News, Virginia
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Reviewed 22 April 2017

Born raised in VA but spent college and most of my working life in NE. Moved back to VA 10 yrs ago and retired not too long ago and have made it a point to visit some historical sites hadn't been to since dad took me to when young or had never been to. Ft Darling/Drewry's Bluff only saw action... More 

Thank M C
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63 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 December 2016

I had driven past this park for years without ever really knowing it was there. This is a great little historical park offering some interesting facts and perspectives of Fort Darling in the Civil War. There is a nice overlook of the James River and a trail (about a mile, maybe?) with placards along the way explaining the various places... More 

1 Thank trvlbug81
Glen Allen, Virginia
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Reviewed 13 August 2016

I've visited this place a few times over the decades and really enjoy it. It is brief, but it gives one a great idea of how the South strategically defended Richmond during the American Civil War.

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Baltimore, Maryland
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Reviewed 27 July 2016 via mobile

Hot, steamy morning after T-storms last night. Pleasant 1/2 mile walk along paved & gravel trail to earthworks overlooking the James River. Squirrels, woodpeckers, butterflies, and dragonflies among the wildlife seen. Very quiet, secluded from I-95. Helpful interpretive signs and 1 cannon and great view. You can see it all in 1/2 hour. No man-made restroom facilities. Free. Nice stop... More 

1 Thank Johnny J
Indianapolis, Indiana
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128 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 June 2016 via mobile

This is a rather small site with about a mile of walking required to get there and back from the parking area. That being said, I am glad we stopped here. The story boards help fill in the blanks and give good historical context to what you're looking at. You get a real impression of how vital it was to... More 

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Richmond, Virginia
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Reviewed 12 June 2016

Towards the end of the war there was an interesting battle that took place on the James River as the two sides used their exiotic early submarines to attack Richmond. This site was a battlement that overlooked the river skirmishes. There is not a lot to look and so should be a short stop not the plan for the day.... More 

1 Thank Guidow64
Jacksonville Beach, Florida
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43 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 January 2016

A beautiful elevated spot looking over the James River. It held a strategic advantage for the defense of Richmond during the Civil War. There is a short easy trail from the parking lot to the bluff. It took me a long time to final go see it. I hope you won't wait. It is a great place to visit.

1 Thank Rob R
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 179 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 December 2015

While the "fort" still exists, you will have to use your imagination to view what it looked like in 1862 as the mounds used for daily life and holding munitions have caved in. You are still walking in the same steps as soldiers and the single canon placement is no different than it was during the war. There are several... More 

Thank IA_Hawks
Chicago, Illinois
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2,841 reviews
1,128 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1,866 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 November 2015

My wife and I are Civil war buffs and one of the most enjoyable experiences we have on our trips from one battlefield to another is when the site is virtually unchanged from the way it was in 1861-65, like Gettysburg, Antietam, Vicksburg and Shiloh. Drewry's Bluff is such a place. While not as celebrated as the other major battles,... More 

Thank Taylor B
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Reviewed 15 October 2015

Drewry's Bluff is a Confederate stronghold overlooking a bend in the James River, just downstream from Richmond. The one-mile trail takes you to this location, which is part of the Richmond National Battlefront Park. The first quarter mile is paved, followed by a fairly well-groomed trail. I was the only visitor here. It is pretty well maintained. I enjoyed reading... More 

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