Manassas Battlefield (easy or moderate - your choice)

  • February 9, 2013 · 9:00 AM

In July 1861, the Union and Confederate armies met at Manassas for the first major battle of the Civil War. In August 1862, they met again on the same battlefield in one the bloodiest battles of the war. The second Southern win set the stage for the Maryland invasion by the South, leading to Antietam. Our hike, in two loops, will cover much of the battlefield, with key sites of both battles. We’ll learn the strategy and events for both battles, while walking at a moderate pace.

The first loop, an easy 5.5 miles (1.1 blister) follows the action of First Manassas and parts of the second battle. The second loop, another 6 miles, covers the much broader area of the second battle. You may do the first or both loops (moderate or 2.3 blisters). Bring water and a bag lunch if you plan to do both loops. The route is mostly over rolling hills and natural surfaces, with some paved areas, and is mostly exposed.

To carpool, meet at 9 am in Vienna Metro’s north Park & Ride lot (not the south side and not the Kiss & Ride); otherwise, meet in the Henry Hill Visitor Center's parking lot (6511 Sudley Rd, Manassas, VA) by 9:30. (Let me know if you plan to meet there.)

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  • Mike

    It was coooold in the morning, but the winds died down and it turned into a pretty nice day. For all the pics, see https://picasaweb.google.com/113258319599232463581/ManassasBattlefield#slideshow/.

    1 · February 10, 2013

  • Dave L.

    This was a great hike with many historical markers to browse.

    February 9, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry. I can not handle the cold and wind expected tomorrow

    February 8, 2013

  • Dave L.

    BTW I'll be driving from Silver Spring and have room for three carpoolers.

    February 7, 2013

  • Dave L.

    I'll meet you at the Henry Hill visitor center.

    February 7, 2013

  • Sanjida

    I would but already have plans.

    February 5, 2013

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