Where Southern Victories Tested Northern Resolve On July 21, 1861, two armies clashed for the first time on the fields overlooking Bull Run. Heavy fighting swept away any notion of a quick war. In August 1862, Union and Confederate armies converged for a second time on the plains of Manassas. The Confederates won a solid victory bringing them to the height of their power. The park is open daily from dawn to dusk.
Not great scenery, marked horribly ,had to back track because if we didn't we would have risked doing over 12 miles in vey exposed to the sun terrain with not enough water. Would have really enjoyed doing the 5 mile loop but just had to turn back after 3 or so miles out of confusion. When in doubt go backwards always :/
A relaxing, relatively easy trail, with interconnected loops to other trails. it is rated easy; however, combined with other trails adds a bit of challenge to its intensity. While the majority of the trail is in a forested area, there are patches of trail that are in sunny, open fields, which can be challenging if it is a hot, sunny day (especially going uphill.) The trail is extremely peaceful, and their is tons of fauna, which you can hear as you make your way (deer in particular). The historical markers serve as welcome distractions, which will take your mind off of f any physical fatigue you may feel. be sure to use the bathroom and fill up with sterilized water at the welcome center before making the trek (and afterwards). Bring plenty of sunscreen and enjoy!!!
This trail is very easy, wide and well maintained. Bring bug spray for ticks in summer. There are many off shoots from the trail, but it has to be given a four star rating simply because of the history there. Highly recommend taking a guidebook with you or another tool that will help you get perspective. The first battle of the Civil War is crucial, saw the birth of the legend that was Stonewall Jackson, and showed the world that this war wasn't going to be so short after all. It is a great place to appreciate that the US does a fabulous job of preserving and honoring its history!
good for a casual stroll or a quick trail run. Not very well marked, got a little lost but eventually somehow made my way back around. This is a good one to do if you are in the NOVA area, like a little history, want a quick hike and don't want to spend too much time in the car trying to reach your destination. And of course be mindful of the time of your arrival/departure, traffic can be awful in this area.