Surrounding the Ball's Bluff National Cemetery, this regional park preserves the site of the Battle of Ball's Bluff, the earliest Civil War engagement to take place in Loudoun County. Hiking trails and interpretive signs aid in understanding this important and tragic part of American history.

The battlefield area didn’t do much for me but nice hiking trails. Easier trails with nice hike along the Potomac.

The area is pretty. Trails are fairly easy with minimal elevation gain. It can be muddy in places after it rains. Several stream crossings on the orange trail. Trail map and trails themselves aren't well marked - some have the blazes and then when you get into the cemetery area where all of the trails converge, the trails have names which are not indicated on any map. There is a port-a-potty in the parking area.

Great trail and hike, but the mapped loop was not all the orange trail, some of it was blue and some red blazes. Lots of intersecting trails here so I’d suggest having your phone well charged to navigate!

4 months ago

Great short easy hike with my daughter out of a whim. Will be back and take longer path next time.

Hiked the orange trail with our 3.5 year old, he had no problems or issues at all. Fun trail, fairly secluded considering we went on a weekend mid-July. Mostly shaded. Unfortunately not much of a view at all, but the historical aspects that you come across are rather interesting.

trail running
4 months ago

My favorite local trail. I go on trail runs here and find the difficulty to be moderate. One steep hill. Sometimes slippery after rainy days. Not busy on weekdays.

Compared to Raven Rocks this is an easy trail. However if you’re looking for a nice trail and don’t feel like hiking up and down a rollercoaster I’d recommend balls bluff. It also has a beautiful view of the Potomac river and many trials as well as history.

Nice trail in an unexpected location. Some steepish sections in and out of ravines. It was slippery in spots the day I was there due to wet leaves. Some trees still down over the trail from winter storms, but not difficult to climb over or go around. Some lovely river views from the bluff.

Orange trail is easy 1.7 miles. Is well marked and includes an overlook of the Potomac River and passes by a Civil War cemetery. Relaxing hike with only slight elevation gains/losses.

11 months ago

Saturday, October 28, 2017

Thursday, April 13, 2017

A beautiful little park with some History to read on your walk. Great place to go with pups but check for tics when done.
have been walking here for years. Go with someone, not a place to go alone.
very easy hike.

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

I did this one in May on a Thursday. I'm super out of shape and had no issues. It's beautiful, and we didn't pass a single person. Can't wait to go back.

Friday, October 28, 2016


Sunday, May 08, 2016

great lots of wildlife deer , snakes , and a turtle. great day

Monday, April 18, 2016

Lots of historical info here. The overlook is nice, good with less foliage so more is able to be seen.

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

For a suburban trail, there is a great set of trails. The longest trail is 1.8 miles but if you are smart and make a loop with multiple trails, you can hike about 4.5 miles without retracing your steps. The hills are about 50-75 feet vertical climb. My 11 year old daughter, who is not very active, can hike all the trails for about an hour.

For some people, this is easy. For beginning trail runners or hikers, this can be moderate. You decide for yourself based on the 50-75 foot hills.

On the summer weekends, it is busy but not so much that you can't find parking or the trails get backed up. I am able to do my trail running without waiting for others.

Finally, there is NO mountain biking here, only hiking. Enjoy.

Sunday, January 10, 2016

Plenty of trails to keep you busy. Can be packed in on nice days

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Went there during winter with my dog, it's a great trail and we enjoyed very much.

Wednesday, June 04, 2014

My friend and I hiked here in early spring; it is a very peaceful place, despite the fact that it is a historical battle ground. It is beautiful in the springtime, with many wildflowers and greenery on the forest floor. I saw people riding horses one time that I was there, but it is great for hiking. Kids and dogs are able to enjoy it as well. I prefer going in the spring/ summer because there is much more to look at and you feel more sheltered by the leaves and shadow. The hike went up and down a lot, but it wasn't too difficult overall. There all several trails to choose from.

1 month ago

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