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Manassas National Battlefield Park


6511 Sudley Road
Manassas, VA

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Green Area Availability : Easy to find
Green Area Access : Typical Access
Green Area Cleanliness : Typical
Congestion : Effort minimizes contact with others
Water Availability : Bring your own H20
Wildlife Alert : Possibility of Large Game
Walking / Hiking Terrain : Ups & Downs w/ minimal Steep Incline
Walking / Hiking Surface : Loose Gravel & Dirt Path

After spending a couple days west near Shenandoah National Park our first stop in the Washington, D.C. area was Manassas National Battlefield Park.

 

The Henry Hill Visitor Center was bustling with activity.  We were visiting during a National Parks Week so lots of people were takiing advantage of no fees at National Parks.  The parking lot is VERY small even under normal circumstances. When we arrived about 11:15am people were parking in the grass.

 

After getting a trail map from the Visitor Center we headed out east of the parking lot on the First Manassas Trail.  We were pleased that all trails are dog friendly.  Our route covered 5.3 miles.  There are several options to shorten or lengthen your walk.  We didn't make it to any of the trails west of Sudley Road.

 

Our only encounters with others were near the driving tour stops.  Most of our encounters were near the Stone Bridge.  We imagine during the busier season there might be more stragglers braving the trails.  But we imagine most visitors are focused on the highlights that are easily accessible.  So as we were willing to explore away from the crowds we enjoyed some great spots of peace and solitude; especially along the north side of our route.

 

Between Matthews Hill and the Stone House, there were several low spots that were a muddy quagmire after the recent rain.

 

I had my first snake encounter here with a black snake.  And we noticed several deer tracks along the way.  Later around sunset we were driving through on Lee Highway and noticed a herd of deer grazing.

 

The Chauffeur's biggest complaint was the lack of trash cans; even at some of the driving tour stops.  He said it made it difficult for dog owner's that are responsible and want to clean up after their dog.

Prospect's SignatureVisited April 20, 2010  11:30am

Manassas National Battlefield Park


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Henry Hill Visitor Center


The Visitor Center was packed with people.  The parking lot was small and crowded. And if you're in a hurry like The Chauffeur was, he says the restrooms are in the basement.

Highway Crossing


Highway 29 aka Lee Highway is a two-lane highway passing through Manassas National Battlefield.  Just south of here is a picnic table (but no trash can).

Raised Walkway


Just west of the Stone Bridge there is a raised walkway for several hundred yards across marshy land.  Dogs and their humans will find a bench for rest about half-way across.

Stone Bridge


The Stone Bridge is part of the driving tour.  Here we met the most people.  The trail offers a loop walk near the bridge and parking lot suitable for those wanting a shorter walk.  One of the trail options to make this a loop is at the "snake" point.  It was near this location that the defeated Union army withdrew across Bull Run.

Along Bull Run


Dogs will find some nice scenery walking along Bull Run.

Snake Encounter


We started to take one of the several trail options here but ran into a black snake.  We turned around.

Matthews Hill


Dogs and their humans will enjoy a great view from Matthews Hill.  South towards the Stone House there were several low spots that were VERY muddy with recent rain.  From here to Visitor Center the terrain has lots of ups and downs.

Stone House & Lee Hwy Crosswalk


During the Battle of Second Manassas, Union General Pope made his headquarters on the hill near this stone house.

The Henry House


The house that stands today was built in 1870 on the same site of the Henry family house that stood during the war.

Manassas National Battlefield Park


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