Explore the most popular trails in Ball's Bluff Regional Park with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

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.

hiking
blowdown
muddy
2 days ago

hiking
blowdown
muddy
11 days ago

Great hike. Usually a little muddy and slippery. 6 stream crossing with rocks. I did orange to green to blue to red. Trail markings are difficult at times so have map handy. My hike was 3 miles at 2 hrs.

Nice trails

Lots of elevation changes following mostly the Potomac Heritage Trail by the River. Several blow downs to maneuver around and some mud. Nice hike overall after I created my own path around the outskirts of both Balls Bluff and Edwards Landing parks.

Found my way back to the stream bed that I saw last time out here while walking withy brother. Less water running but still so relaxing and calming. I had some problem keeping on the trail a couple of times as there are so many fallen leaves that covered it up in places. I still want to find a quicker way to that spot and back. The orange trail will take one there and back though.

2.2 shorty hike on Christmas 2.0 day, high crowds for location, warm for season, new Undercover boots

Balls Bluff Orienteering. Good navigation today

Our main concern is finding trails good for walking our dog — I really like this park. The trails are nice & wide. There’s enough space for you to pull over on the side & let ppl pass w/o being in bramble, high grass or weeds. The trails are NOT well marked. I suggest taking Ur phone! Ur position is clearly marked on the App & at any junction you can easily reference your location on the App & determine which direction. The Potomac Heritage Trail is a little sketchy near the water w/ a puppy. The distance from the trail edge to the cliff edge, at spots, can be inches & it’s a 50+ foot drop. This Potomac Heritage Trail (green, I believe?) is more heavily trafficked then some of the other trails. We switched over to the yellow to get away from the cliff edge and b/c it’s Oct, w/ the heavy leaf fall, at times, it was hard to determine where the trail was! Once again, this is where the App comes in handy! We ended on the blue trail & this one again, seemed more heavily trafficked and easier to find the foot path. All-in-all, BallsBluff is one of my favorite parks in the area.

all trails locks you in, I didn't do this trail and it didn't record the full 4 miles we did. fun though, higher crowds today, perfect weather

hiking
6 months ago

Moving clockwise on the trail. Largely clear and well traveled dirt trail through the woods, some rocks and roots but not so much that they create difficulty in the beginning. Orange trail is very obvious and well marked for the first half, but the AllTrails map tracks it precisely. Good trail 4 dogs, path is mostly open. There is an occasional stream to cross on stones which could be a problematic after a heavy rain. Elevation changes are moderate. There were a few downed trees, none of which made passage difficult. The steeper declines toward the end of the trail have more rock and root due to washout. Toward the end, the Orange trail becomes marked with a green or aqua color, never to see orange again. Later it converges with many other trails so it becomes difficult to stay on this precise path. The trails also have signage with names in lieu of colors. I think the Orange trail is the Loop Trail but it does get a little confusing when they all converge and overlap. Keep the all trails map open, it is extremely helpful to get you back on your selected path if you stay off as I did. Balls Bluff lists this as 1.7 miles, AllTrails as 2.3.

A little hard to follow trails but beautiful

Nice trail for being so close to town. Easy trail was definitely easy. The moderately difficult trail had several hills. Mainly going down to creek crossings. Lots of shade. Although there are blazes on some trees it was difficult for me to matchup the markings with the map they provide. I had to cross reference it with my All Trails map.

Nice trail with easy to follow markings. Easy enough for the young ones as well.

has variety of intensity, although a bit confusing keeping on one trail with all the storm debris. excellent for all ages with lots of historical info

River is low, some blow-downs, but they’re small and not an issue.

hiking
bugs
muddy
9 months ago

Trails were ok (a bit muddy do to recent rain) and lots of bugs (I sprayed with off before starting). While the trails were well worn, they’re not well marked. The blazes are few and far between, and the markings on the trail don’t clearly correspond with the maps available in the parking lot. For my first time in the park, I really like to have clear markings/maps so I have a good sense of where I am.

I loved! Easy trail for when you don’t want to get too tired! Dog friendly m (my dog loved) but was muddy since has been raining a lot the past couple of days. It’s pretty, quiet, clean and easy!

great trail for beginner hikers who want a little challenge. Would recommend taking the extended trail west ward past the Potomac river trail. it will add about a mile to the hike. Expect some steep well worn and marked trails. Also lots of Creek crossings, my kids love that part of the hike.

mountain biking
over grown
rocky
10 months ago

I loved this trail I rode my mountain bike and my mom hiked. We both loved the scenery and the trails. The trails are good if you are good at riding over big roots,rocks,and steep climbs and steep decents

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