Alum Springs Cliff Dweller LbNA # 40684
|Placed Date||Jun 7 2008|
Alum Springs Park is is one of our favorite hidden wonders in Fredericksburg. Enjoy the trails, the stream, and the cliffs.
A word of caution: you will have to cross a stream with your car. If there has been a lot of rain, do not attempt to cross the stream, park at the top of the hill and cross the bridge. The hike is about 1 mile and not stroller friendly, but is kid and pet friendly.
From 95 Take Route 3 East towards King George. Turn Right at Greenbrier Drive (National Guard Armory 6th Light) follow road to Left. Cross stream and park in parking lot on Right.
Head down to the playground. You will see swing sets, head to the trail to the left of them. At fork in path head Left, (not down the hill) cross a small footbridge. Stop to admire the cliffs, notice the large rock down at the stream, you can almost see where it may have broken off from the cliffs. Continue straight under the cliffs the next fork; follow the trail to the right (steps up the hill to your left) Enjoy the scenery and the few benches spread along the path. Cross another footbridge and follow the steps to the top, continue to the Right. Here you will see a large rock in the water with steps heading to it (this was Fat Annie's Old Swimming Hole). Cross yet another footbridge (small waterfall on the left) follow trail to the stream, notice the large rock carved by the water. With your back to the rock and water, look up the hill to a tree in a "V" about 23 paces up the hill off the trail. Treasure awaits at the base of this tree.
After finding the box head back to the trail and continue on. Take next Left and follow trail up another hill, At the top of the hill there will be a large path, head Left. The trail you are now walking on was originally a railroad bed for the Fredericksburg / Orange railway. Continue back to the parking lot on the Left.
Enjoy the park