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Bull Run

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Civil War Battlefield, open fields, quiet woods
Near:Manassas, VA
Distance:5 miles round trip
Elevation Gain:350 ft
Hike Time:2.5 hours
Trail Condition:Well maintained trail

Summary:  Masassas Battlefield Park contains about 20 miles of hiking trails which follow the campaign routes of such generals as Beauregard, Evans, "Stonewall" Jackson (who earned his nickname here), Pope, and McClellan in the Civil War battles of First and Second Bull Run. For those wishing a more complete historical background, the Visitors Center has a movie and lighted battleground map.
The circuit listed includes paths through open fields, along the woods edge and through the woods along Bull Run. It passes Old Stone Bridge, site of the first shots fired in the battle of 1861. Farther on, the trail leads to the Old Stone House, General Pope's Headquarters, then returns to the Visitors Center.
This is a fee area, $3 per person payable at the Visitors Center.

Trailhead: I-495 to I-66; I-66 west to VA 234 (Exit 47B) at Manassas; VA 234 (right) to Visitor Center entrance on right. (Lat:38.8134 Lon:-77.5702)
Trail Guides for Bull Run:
Circuit Hikes in VA WVA MD and PA
by Potomac Appalachain Trail Club (PATC)

Best Seasons: Year-Round
User Groups: Hikers, Dogs,
Ranger Contact: National Park Service 703-361-1339
Localhikes Reporter: This hike was submitted by Joe Cross, who has posted  56 other hikes on this site
Trail Reviews  Submit your own review
Reviewed by Paula on 5/28/2012
The trail was lovely: well-marked and well-kept, clean and scenic. I would not recommend it for people hiking with pets, though, as the area was riddled with ticks. We found a few on ourselves and pulled at least a dozen off our two dogs. Perhaps this is a better destination when the weather is still cool enough to keep the bug life at bay.

Reviewed by jpg on 6/20/2007
Seeing the actual battlefield was awesome!! 100% worth it.

Reviewed by RJ on 3/20/2006
Nice Trail, well maintained and marked. Pay the $3 admission inside the Henry Hill Welcome Center and get a map of the trail, helps to avoid the crossing horse trails and stay on "BLue" path. Mostly follows along the outskirts of the battlefields, cuts through the woods and along the water as well.

Reviewed by Bob on 5/7/2005
The 5,000+ park is the greatest. I spend all my free time here on the weekends. By becoming intimate with the terrain you can understand why the particular phases of the two major Civil War battles fought here went in favor of either the Confederate or Union side. If you are just here for the natural aspect there are hawks, fox and deer aplenty. There are giant Oak, Yellow Poplar and lots of nut trees as well as pine and cedar.

Reviewed by Steve on 8/23/2004
Definitely cut to "Deep Cut" and imagine the carnage of the battle! It's not like you can get that lost here, but make sure to bring a map because the trails aren't always well signed or marked. Many horse trails aren't even the Park Service map, which adds to the confusion. I combined the two NPS loops to make a great 3-hour trip. Enjoy!

Reviewed by Jane on 10/3/2003
This is the first of Joe's hikes I was able to venture out on and was really happy with Bull Run. It was everything he said and more! I liked the option of being extend or shorten the hikes as circumstances warranted. One of my favorite parts was coming out at the end of hike by the Stone House and seeing all the people stuck in rush hour traffic...made the hike that much more relaxing!

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