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First and Second Manassas Trails - Manassas National Battlefield Park

This is a picturesque hike filled with Civil War history. Through trail side signs and artifacts, you will learn about the First and Second Battles of Bull Run. The First Battle, and victory for the South, is generally regarded as the first sign for the Union that the Confederates would not go quietly. Independent of the history, the trail itself is worth the trip as it moves you through forests, grasslands, and along streams. Well maintained trails also make it excellent for a long run.
Distance: 
8.7mi
Difficulty: 
Moderate
Scenery: 
Excellent
Photo Op: 
The historical artifacts all make for good subjects. The open fields, when coupled with a blue sky can make for some interesting landscape shots.
Trail Map: 
Location: 
Manassas Battlefield National Park
6511 Sudley Road
20109 Manassas, VA
Metro Accessible: 
No
What to Bring: 
Bring some snacks and water, this is a long hike! The website goes to great lengths to make visitors aware of ticks, so bring tick repellent. See the website (link below) for more details on how to protect yourself from ticks. Much of the hike is without tree cover, so sunscreen and a hat are also good ideas.
Food Options: 
There is no food on site, but there are several chain restaurants just off of Route 66 a few miles from the park.
Additional Information: 

There is a three dollar fee to use the park. You must go in the Visitor Center to pay. They will give a receipt you should keep on hand when in the park.

The Visitor Center has a small museum containing Civil War artifacts and a theater where you can watch a 45 minute park orientation film. The film shows every hour on the hour from 9AM until 4PM. If you can, watch it before you hike.

Along with this article, we have provided a map with some additional instructions for things to look out for. Transitioning between the First and Second Manassas Trails by the parking lot at Matthews Hill is particularly confusing. Check out the photos below for some important visual cues.

Even with our additional instructions, we suggest that you pick up maps and other brochures in the Visitor Center as they offer interesting historical information. The driving tour map is useful even if you are walking because it highlights the monuments.

A safety note. You will have to cross several roads on this hike. Cars on these roads are often travelling fairly fast, so if you have pets and/or children do not let them get too far ahead.

The hike has a few small hills, but nothing too awful. If you are okay with the distance, you should not have a problem.

Note that this hike does not take you to the Henry Hill House (highly recommended) or the Stone House. The Henry Hill House is located behind the Visitor Center and warrants a short walk to check it out.

You can drive to the Stone House by driving just north of the Visitor Center on 234 and then making a right onto 29 where you can access a parking lot. The House is clearly visible from the road.

Disclaimer: 
Environmental conditions in cities, parks, etc. can change rapidly and without our knowledge. We do not make any claims as to the accuracy of information presented on this page. Further, hiking can be a dangerous activity that may result in bodily harm and possibly death. We hope the information that we provide will help you prepare for your hike, but do not imply that the information provided is complete. It is your responsibility to prepare yourself for whatever challenges you may face. If you decide to use any of the information on this page, you do so at your own risk.
Images: 
First Manassas Trail, Manassas National Battlefield Park
First Manassas Trail, Manassas National Battlefield Park
Matthews Hill Artillery, First Manassas Trail, Manassas National Battlefield Park
Stone Bridge, First Manassas Trail, Manassas National Battlefield Park
Second Manassas Trail, Manassas National Battlefield Park
Second Manassas Trail, Manassas National Battlefield Park
Groveton Memorial, Second Manassas Trail, Manassas National Battlefield Park
Dogan House,  Second Manassas Trail, Manassas National Battlefield Park
Groveton Cemetery, Second Manassas Trail, Manassas National Battlefield Park
New York Memorial,  Second Manassas Trail, Manassas National Battlefield Park
Youngs Branch
Fletcher Webster Memorial, Second Manassas Trail, Manassas National Battlefield Park

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