In the chaotic suburban sprawl of eastern Virginia, it can be challenging to find peace and quiet. While driving around Fredericksburg, one of the last things you would expect to find is a silent sanctuary where nature remains free and mostly untouched. That is exactly what Alum Springs Park offers, and all within the Fredericksburg City limits.
Alum Springs Park has nearly all the attractions of the Appalachians but without the long trek. The pristine Hazel Run creek flows along the northwestern border of the park and provides visitors with a view and experience that is unique to the area. Steep drop-offs and craggy cliffs border the creek valley and create an oasis, stone cliff walls and white oak trees provide shade and cool temperatures in the summer and a windbreak from the piercing air in the winter.
Flat trails and some steeper hiking trails run throughout the park and along Hazel Run, an accommodating mixture of blood pumping hiking, and a relaxing stroll amongst the hardwoods. The Virginia Central Railway trail also runs along the southern boundary of the park; the trail being paved, offers cyclists a more relaxing and safe place to travel and exercise.
Along with the trails, Alum Springs offers all the usual amenities of a quality park; picnic tables, covered pavilion, a safe and fun playground, swings, a small building which provides restrooms and vending, and flat, open patches of land that are good for picnics and for playing with a canine companion.
Alum Springs provides a fun, beautiful, and safe environment that is quite unique to the Fredericksburg area. Consider spending a relaxing afternoon exploring an oasis juxtaposed to the hectic streets of Downtown Fredericksburg. A hike or peaceful walk amongst dappled sunlight and hearing the bubbling stream, enjoying some clear air and barbecuing with your friends, playing fetch with your dog in the lush grass. Alum Springs Park has a little bit of something for everyone.
By: Bud Edmisten
B. Edmisten Photography
Freelance Writer and Photographer