Manassas National Battlefield Park, Manassas

4.7
#1 of 8 in Historic Sites in Prince William County
The site of two major Civil War battles, Manassas National Battlefield Park offers a glimpse into wartime through self-guided tours, fiber-optic maps, an informative film, and a collection of artifacts. You can go on a walking tour of the area of the First Battle of Bull Run or take a driving tour of the area of the Second Battle of Bull Run. You'll have the opportunity to visit the grave of the first civilian to be killed and hear the story from volunteers. Living history demonstrations by costumed reenacters happen seasonally. Note that the restrooms are in the basement, which is only accessible via some steps that may prove difficult for people with mobility issues. Our Manassas trip maker app makes visiting Manassas National Battlefield Park and other Manassas attractions simple, and helps you make a travel plan personal to you.
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  • While most people visit Manassas National Battlefield to learn about the first battle of the Civil War between the Union and Confederate armies, First Manassas (or First Bull Run), one should not pass...  more »
  • The park was very nice, Nice film. Lots of rangers giving talks. Some private talks too. Be prepared to drive a ways to different battlefield spots. Some walking from the parking lots to the sites  more »
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  • This park offers a nice parking lot and paved walking paths up to the Stone Bridge where one of the many Civil War battles took place. If you are interested in checking out the bridge, most people will be able to access it. From there, there are two walking paths: one straight ahead which is relatively flat and features a wooden plank bridge over the marshlands until it reaches an inclined area that leads to the top of the hill where the first shots were fired. You have to keep your footing and if you are not able to make the climb, it would be better to retrace your steps back to the bridge. If you turn to the right back at the Stone Bridge, the path runs along the river. It is more rustic in comparison to the wooden plank bridge, but a very nice journey through the wooded areas and a nice experience walking along the river. It does incline eventually (also to the hill where the battle began), but the incline is more gradual in comparison. Once you reach the top of the hill, turn left and run along the gravel path to rejoin the other path back to the wooden bridge. With a decent pace (moderate walking) you can make the full loop in 30-35 mins. My 5 and 7 year old made it very well, but the 3 years old had to be carried up the hills. All in all, a nice park and walk if you want something different from a paved walkway. Kids loved the spring flowers too.
  • Lovely trails, all well marked. For such a close location to DC area, it makes for a quick and easy hike. For those interested on going, wear good shoes as there are portions with a lot of mud!
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