The Cedar Creek battlefield stretches over more than eight square miles at the junction of Interstates 81 and 66, which traverse the battlefield.
From rolling farmland northwest of Middletown, the battlefield area slopes down to Cedar Creek and the North Fork of the Shenandoah River. It includes the northern end of Massanutten Mountain, and the Valley Pike through Strasburg to the Fisher’s Hill and Tumbling Run areas. Despite remarkable partnership efforts to protect this nationally-significant landscape and the creation of one of the nation’s newest national parks — Cedar Creek and Belle Grove National Historical Park — almost 10,000 acres remain at risk. Commercial, residential, and industrial development — including the expansion of a limestone quarry on the battlefield, the proposed widening of I-81, and the construction of a 500kv transmission line — all illustrate the need for continued and strenuous protection efforts.