First Battle of Manassas Trail Loop

EASY 131 reviews

First Battle of Manassas Trail Loop is a 5.3 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
5.3 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
416 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

hiking

nature trips

snowboarding

trail running

walking

horseback riding

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.

walking
3 days ago

Great hike! We could only go .5 mile and then turn back to make it a total mile. (Rehabbing from 2 hip replacements)

hiking
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hiking
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hiking
10 days ago

Loved it so much! A great trail for beginners and for those who don't want to do anything too strenuous but still want to be surrounded by nature. The trail is pretty easy and fast paced but so beautiful!

hiking
13 days ago

Loved it. If you start going south of the visitors center and end passing the stone house you spend the first 4 miles under good cover. The last 1-1.5 miles are in the sun (of shining). Great hike, not to strenuous and full of good historical landmarks and info boards. Highly recommend.

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good hike, poorly marked. I liked the history.

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walking
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walking
2 months ago

A very easy trail, not too much elevation, and easy to cut short and customize if you need to shorten it. Some parts are very exposed, but there's more shade once you get away from the visitor center. Bonus for educational content

trail running
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hiking
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