Manassas National BattlefieldPark

Manassas, Virginia

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The grasslands and forests of Manassas National Battlefield Park offer a bucolic setting for a day hike that is steeped in Civil War history. A blue-blazed trail stick marks a rerouting of the First Manassas Trail. Veer left off the gravel road, cross the bridle path, and skirt the edge of a field. After a few feet, veer right and descend to cross Young’s Branch via a bridge. The hiking trail rejoins the gravel road on the other side of Young’s Branch. Instead of crossing the bridge, follow horse trail markers uphill along a dirt road; as you climb, Young’s Branch parallels the road on the right. Watch for a footpath that veers left off the road, passes through field and woodlands, and then loops back to intersect with the dirt road.

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"The grasslands and forests of Manassas National Battlefield Park offer a bucolic setting for a day hike that is steeped in Civil War history. A blue-blazed trail stick marks a rerouting of the First Manassas Trail. Veer left off the gravel road, cross the bridle path, and skirt the edge of a field. After a few feet, veer right and descend to cross Young’s Branch via a bridge.

The hiking trail rejoins the gravel road on the other side of Young’s Branch. Instead of crossing the bridge, follow horse trail markers uphill along a dirt road; as you climb, Young’s Branch parallels the road on the right. Watch for a footpath that veers left off the road, passes through field and woodlands, and then loops back to intersect with the dirt road."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Manassas
Distance: 8.6
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 4 hours
Season: Spring and Fall
Local Maps: USGS 7.5 minute series: Gainesville, VA
Driving Directions: Directions to Manassas National BattlefieldPark

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May 2018