Several miles east of town, Petersburg National Battlefield is where Union soldiers planted explosives underneath a Confederate breastwork, leading to the Battle of the Crater (novelized and cinematized in Cold Mountain). There are thirteen sites, three visitor centers and various battlefields along the 33-mile driving trail that stretches across the park, which sprawls across three counties. With its exhibits about the siege as well as an introductory film, the Eastern Front Visitor Center is a good place to start your visit.

The crater is on Siege Rd, a short drive south of the Eastern Front Visitor Center.