Ball's Bluff is one of the lesser known Civil War battles in the Washington area. In October[masked] Union troops battled an equal number of Confederates, with the Federalists utterly defeated. Among the Union dead was Colonel and Senator Edward Baker, the only US Senator ever killed in battle (see http://nvrpa.org/park/ball_s_bluff). We'll hear a description of the battle from a park volunteer, have a picnic lunch, then hike around the battlefield, which borders the Potomac River.
Total Distance: 5 miles (steep going up/down the bluff)
Dogs: Allowed, leashed
Guest Expert: Park Volunteer
Leader: Ken Meyercord, (571)[masked]
Directions: From the beltway at Tyson's in Virginia, take Route 7 west towards Leesburg. Just before Leesburg, turn right onto Battlefield Parkway and follow it around to Ball's Bluff Rd. Turn right and follow the signs to the park. (Those coming from Maryland might opt to take White's Ferry, the only ferry across the Potomac River still in operation (see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/White%27s_Ferry). It's a few miles beyond Poolesville on route 107. After you've crossed on the ferry, the road will take you to US 15. Turn left (south), then take the bypass to Battlefield Parkway. Left on the parkway, then left on Ball's Bluff Road and follow the signs to the park.)