First Battle of Manassas Trail Loop

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Manassas National Battlefield Park

First Battle of Manassas Trail Loop is a 5.2 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Manassas, Virginia that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 5.2 miles Elevation Gain: 367 feet Route Type: Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

hiking

horseback riding

nature trips

walking

running

forest

river

views

wildlife

First Battle of Bull Run. This was the first major land battle of the armies in Virginia. On July 16, 1861, the untried Union army under Brig. Gen. Irvin McDowell marched from Washington against the Confederate army, which was drawn up behind Bull Run beyond Centreville. On the 21st, McDowell crossed at Sudley Ford and attacked the Confederate left flank on Matthews Hill. Fighting raged throughout the day as Confederate forces were driven back to Henry Hill. Late in the afternoon, Confederate reinforcements (one brigade arriving by rail from the Shenandoah Valley) extended and broke the Union right flank. The Federal retreat rapidly deteriorated into a rout. Although victorious, Confederate forces were too disorganized to pursue. Confederate Gen. Bee and Col. Bartow were killed. Thomas J. Jackson earned the nom de guerre "Stonewall." By July 22, the shattered Union army reached the safety of Washington. This battle convinced the Lincoln administration that the war would be a long and costly affair. McDowell was relieved of command of the Union army and replaced by Maj. Gen. George B. McClellan, who set about reorganizing and training the troops.

hiking
5 days ago

We hiked this trail with family members, little mud in a few places, some elevation climb - lots of trees, some historical markers. Great trail. Only negative- public restrooms still closed.

walking
7 days ago

Nice way to spend a warm, muggy afternoon. A lot of people, but there is so much open space it doesn't feel crowded. It is rather peaceful. Good breezes, nice shady areas, easy trail and wide open views, wonderful for landscape photography. Perfect for a light lunch and hike.

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muddy
12 days ago

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rocky
13 days ago

Great time but beware of ticks.

hiking
15 days ago

Flat enough trail that the 7 year old enjoyed the 5+ mile hike.

hiking
20 days ago

Easy trail with some inclines. Lots of shaded areas within the trees, along with open fields as well. Started around 10am and finished around 12pm. When we left, parking was full.

Crowded since there aren’t many places to go - which means bikes on non- bike trails and people who have no idea what Leave No Trace means. It’s frustrating.

Busy in some areas but it’s a well maintained path. And so much interesting history to read about!

hiking
1 month ago

Very easy trail for leisure hiking. Anybody can do it. Great views of different parts of the battlefield. Walks you through all the different spots of interest. Takes about 2 hours with all the stops.

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flooded
muddy
2 months ago

We only ended up doing First Manassas Battlefield trail. Very well marked and easy to follow. Some stairs that are big steps. Really cool signs and beautiful flowers. Lots of open area that could get hot in the summer.

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blowdown
muddy
2 months ago

Beautiful place to hike and take photos. Great hike with kids and dogs.

hiking
2 months ago

i would recommend this trail to anyone with younger hikers and pets. it is well marked and well cared for. best before 9am to beat the crowds.

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muddy
3 months ago

Good trail without having to drive too far from home.

hiking
3 months ago

my recording follows the blue markers. brought headphones for the times I was close to traffic or screaming kids.

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muddy
3 months ago

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muddy
3 months ago

Nice easy trail! Came across some friendly faces. Perfect for bringing your dog. No spectacular views, but plenty of history.

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muddy
3 months ago

Great trail! A little muddy but an easy hike! Beautiful scenery.

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muddy
3 months ago

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muddy
3 months ago

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muddy
3 months ago

hiking
4 months ago

Well maintained trail. Except a few small stretches the trail dries out even during wet weather. A couple of wooded stretch while the rest are bare land with grass. Since the sun hits the trail it is good to hike/run in winter.

Great, historic trail. Easy hike!

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muddy
4 months ago

easy well dilineated trail. follow down to highway 29, once you cross you'll have a little more varied train.

Good walk and easy conditions. Most anyone should be able to complete.

hiking
7 months ago

Great to take dog on. Good trail

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