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Battlefield Hike! Manassas National Battlefield Park: Newbie-Friendly 5.2 Miles
Battlefield Hike! Manassas National Battlefield Park — A Newbie Friendly and Easy 5.2-Mile History Hike This hike is located only about 30 miles from DC! Our route touches key points in the Civil War battles of First (1861) and Second (1862) Manassas (also known as the Battle of Bull Run). Confederate General "stonewall" Jackson played a major role in both victories for the South, earning his nickname with a courageous, tide-turning stand in the first battle. The Visitor Center exhibits and lighted battleground amp provide details of both campaigns. One of our avid hikers and volunteer trail maintainers who attended this outing last May, had this to say about this experience... "This excellent history hike offered by MAHG has two distance options which is a refreshing option that I don't see with other groups but is common with this group. This way, those who want to do a shorter version don't feel like they are missing out. The terrain is gently rolling and the path is very easy to hike with the leader. There are numerous signs that give you a sense of how the battle unfolded. Loved the hike and love MAHG!" Hike Pace This hike will be led at the pace of an average hiker. Distance Options and Descriptions To make this hike truly one that is a "something for everyone" experience, we divide this longer hike into two separate loops with both loop returning to the start point so that those looking for a shorter hike can leave at the 5.2-mile mark and yet not miss any interesting history. This is done by us arranging the hike to where the first loop follows the First Battle of Manassas and is 5.2 miles long. We will then end up back in the parking lot before following the route on a completely different area, the Second Battle of Manassas for our second loop. If joining us for the second loop it will bring our hike to a total of 9 moderate miles. Both distance options explore trails through open fields, along streams and through woods. Distance Option 1: First Loop Only: The first loop follows the First Battle of Manassas and is 5.2 miles long and is offered with each pace option. We return back to the parking lot before heading across the lot for the second loop providing a convenient terminus to the hike for those wanting a shorter option of 5.2 miles. Trail Information Nearby City: Manassas, VA (About 30 miles from DC) Length: Easy 5.2-Mile Hike Schedule: Open dawn until dusk, 365 days a year. Elevation Gain: Minimal Trail Type: 2 Loops both start from the same parking lot and cover 2 different battles. It is very easy to complete the aforementioned shorter options of this hike since each distance ends with us back at the starting point although there is no retracing of steps. Go as little or as far as you feel up to and you can decide while you are hiking. If you get tired, simply leave when we swing through the lot! Skill Level: Easy and Newbie Friendly, but with gently rolling terrain and only a few climbs. Trail Surface: Dirt footpaths, gravel paths, mowed grass paths, old farm roads, and paved roads Land Status: National Battlefield Park Facilities: The visitor center features restrooms, interpretive displays, a soda machine, and a bookstore. There are picnic tables located in a grove of trees adjacent to the parking area. Trail Notes for Leaders (http://www.midatlantichiking.com/pages/Trail_Notes_for_Manassas_National_Battlefield/) Park Fee There is no fee for admittance, Free! Gear Information Click here for suggestions (http://www.meetup.com/Maryland-Hiking/pages/Gear_Information_and_What_to_Bring/) for what to wear and what not to wear for our hikes. Weather Information We hike rain or shine. Click Here to view (http://forecast.weather.gov/MapClick.php?CityName=Manassas&state=VA&site=LWX&textField1=38.7474&textField2=-77.4854&e=1#.VE2gVCV0xhE) the forecast for our hike. Carpool Suggestions and Information There are 3 Suggested Carpool Locations for This Hike! Security Boulevard I-70 Park and Ride (Franklintown) There is an additional carpool location for this hike. Click here for directions (http://www.meetup.com/Mid-Atlantic-Hiking-Group/pages/Directions%3A_I-70_at_Security_Blvd_Park_and_Ride/) to where we meet for this carpool. Savage Station (Baltimore) To carpool from the Baltimore area, you can arrange to meet people at Savage Station. Click here for directions (http://www.meetup.com/Maryland-Hiking/pages/Carpool_Directions_for_Savage_Station/) to Savage Station. Use the comment section to discuss carpooling with other members. Annapolis Area To carpool or caravan from the Annapolis area, you can arrange to meet at the Harbour Center Mall Starbucks. Click here for Annapolis carpool (http://www.meetup.com/Maryland-Hiking/pages/Carpool%3A_Starbucks_at_Harbour_Center_in_Annapolis/) directions for getting to the carpool location. Use the comment section to discuss carpooling with other members. If you can drive or want to carpool from additional locations, please post your location in the comment section below. For those who need a ride, reach out to the drivers. Make friends, and support the environment - by just offering a ride.. Directions to the Trailhead Click Here for Directions (http://www.meetup.com/Maryland-Hiking/pages/Directions_to_Manassas_Battlefield_Visitor_Center/) to Where We Meet for This Hike. Meet & Greet and Sign-In — 9:45-9:55 a.m. Hike Meetup Time is at 10:00 a.m. Carpool time from Savage — 8:45 a.m. Carpool time from Annapolis — 8:30 a.m. Carpool time from I-70 Park and Ride — 8:15 a.m. Please remember we are a volunteer supported organization that values fellowship and camaraderie while practicing good hike etiquette (http://midatlantichikinggroup.org/hike-and-trail-etiquette.html)and Leave No Trace (http://midatlantichikinggroup.org/leave-no-trace.html) principles. Our hikes are led by generous, dedicated, and qualified MAHG members who volunteer (http://www.meetup.com/Mid-Atlantic-Hiking-Group/pages/9595722/How_To_Join_Our_Leadership_Team!/) as leaders for Mid-Atlantic Hiking Groups volunteer leadership team. Hikes also have a volunteer “sweeper” to help ensure that no hiker is left behind. MAHG volunteers and members are very supportive, encouraging, with a focus on safety while enjoying the excellent camaraderie and benefiting from the many health benefits of hiking and unplugging from the stress of day-to-day life. Sharing what we know and learning from each other is an important part of MAHGs core values, as is our dedication to the conservation of our natural resources and our commitment to the organization's mission (http://midatlantichikinggroup.org/). Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group is a volunteer supported tax-exempt 501(c)(3) nonprofit charitable organization, (http://midatlantichikinggroup.org/mahg-charity.html) and Donations ARE Tax Deductible. Tax ID:[masked] (http://midatlantichikinggroup.org/mahg-charity.html). Fido is Welcome on This Hike! Let's have good times and see you there! Toby:[masked] • Please Click Here Now (https://secure.meetup.com/Mid-Atlantic-Hiking-Group/contribute/)and Help Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group with Serving our Mission (http://midatlantichikinggroup.org/index.html). • Donations (http://midatlantichikinggroup.org/donate.html) to Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group Are Tax Deductible: Tax ID[masked] (http://midatlantichikinggroup.org/mahg-charity.html). Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group is a 501(c)(3) non-profit public charitable organization. • 100% of Every Dollar Goes Directly to the Expenses of Meeting our Mission. • Click Here (http://www.meetup.com/Mid-Atlantic-Hiking-Group/about/) to Learn more about Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group’s Mission.

Battlefield Hike! Manassas Natl. Battlefield Park (After Work Version) with Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group! A Newbie Friendly 5.2 mi

Directions: Click the link under “Directions to the Trailhead” located near the end of the event listing. The linked page has location/direction details, driving/parking info, including where to Meetup after you arrive. · , VA

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Respond by: 10/20/2018
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- Reconnecting People with the Natural World - for the Health of It -

Founded in 2007 by IT executive, Kellie Carlisle, Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group (MAHG) aka Outdoors for Health was inspired by a passion for promoting and providing low cost opportunities for people to get up and outside to connect with the natural world and enjoy the health benefits it provides. Today, our organization has grown to become a very active 23,000+ member strong 501(c)(3) nonprofit charitable organization (http://midatlantichikinggroup.org/mahg-charity.html)dedicated to serving our mission (http://midatlantichikinggroup.org/index.html) of providing education, awareness, and opportunities for people to experience the variety of health benefits provided by spending time outdoors, “just for the health of it!” Our organization has hosted over ~6000 events ranging from 2-mile newbie sneaker social hikes all the way up to 50+ mile one day fully supported hikes, and educational/awareness offerings, paddle trips, and more. So no matter your preference, we have something for you. We are a diverse organization filled with members who enjoy a wide variety of outdoor activities including - but not limited to hiking and educational opportunities related to the natural world. MAHG also promotes the importance of being good outdoor stewards through environmental awareness activities.

We enjoy exploring an incredible variety of locations throughout Maryland, DC, Virginia, Pennsylvania, Delaware, and West Virginia. Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group (MAHG) appreciates Mother Nature’s diversity and the diversity of people.ALL people are welcome and encouraged to join. Whether you are a newbie or a very seasoned outdoor enthusiast, we are sure to have an event for you on our very active and varied calendar.

Our focus is on safety, camaraderie, and having a ton of fun while connecting with the natural world. So a sense of humor is a must with us!

*** WARNING! — Our Calendar (http://www.meetup.com/Maryland-Hiking/calendar/) is VERY Active ALL Four Seasons and Can be Beneficial to Your Health ***

Today’s fast-paced and technologically dominated society can take a toll on a person’s psychological, physical, and emotional well-being. Many people are trapped within an indoor and plugged-in lifestyle that is overwhelming and very stressful. Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group promotes reconnecting people with nature by providing plentiful and varied opportunities for people to enjoy the outdoors.

Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group’s activities are a healthy and fun way to relieve stress and “unplug” while enjoying the variety of what Mother Nature has to offer throughout the Mid-Atlantic region. Decrease stress - get fitter - get healthier, and get nature empowered, all while knowing you are supporting an important cause with Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group.

Click Here (https://www.meetup.com/Mid-Atlantic-Hiking-Group/about/)for information about our current charitable initiatives and programs/studies serving our mission.

• Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group offers many opportunities to give back by helping with maintaining trails throughout the Mid-Atlantic region and hosting in addition to participating in other environmental stewardship and community building events and workshops. Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group offers educational classes and certifications in Leave No Trace outdoor ethics and our own highly regarded Outdoor Leadership Certification program. Additionally, MAHG has an active outreach program to help with educating others regarding the many health benefits of hiking and the importance of taking care of our trails and our overall environment.

• Youth Education and Re-Connecting with the Natural World - We are currently preparing to expand our program that benefits under-represented and inner-city youth by combining connection with nature and education. Our solutions-based approach begins with a full immersion experience of hiking and other fun, unplugged and screen-less outdoor activities. We combine the activities while educating tomorrow's workers regarding the abundant employment opportunities the natural world offers in the booming field of green collar jobs. "For references and more, please visit our main website (http://midatlantichikinggroup.org). Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group provides opportunities for increased confidence, self-esteem, and hope for a better tomorrow. Today's youth will be the earth's stewards of tomorrow, so it is imperative that they become familiar with the world outside of their screens."

Why Hike with Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group? — As a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit public charitable organization (http://midatlantichikinggroup.org/mahg-charity.html), when you hike with MAHG, you are also helping us with serving our mission to benefit the health of others! Every step you take with MAHG is also a step for recipients of our initiatives and programs. We bring people together to have fun and make friends while enjoying the many health benefits of the great outdoors in a safe and welcoming environment. Hiking not only connects people with the natural world, but it also fosters an appreciation and respect for the environment and overall sense of community. Whether you are looking to lose weight, have never hiked a mile in your life, or are looking to rise to the challenge of hiking 30+ or miles in one day, we have a hike for you, all seasons. Remember, we were all newbies once, and we enjoy introducing others to hiking and other outdoor pursuits - in fact, it is a core part of our mission to reconnect people with the natural world.

Who Can Hike with Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group? — Simply put, you! Whether you are young, old, working, single, in a committed relationship, retired, laid off, shy, talkative, energetic, geeky, lazy, recovering from an injury, social, or a competitive hiker, Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group is for you. We do more than just embracing our diversity — we thrive on it!

When We Hike? — We do it in the morning, afternoon, after work, evening, darkest of night, every weekend day, and all year ‘round and average 20 times a week. Get your mind out of the gutter ‘cause we are talking about hiking, stewardship, and outdoor education here. Seasonally, we offer weekday day hikes in addition to our variety of after work hikes.

Where We Hike? — We hike throughout the Mid-Atlantic region and beyond! We visit Shenandoah National Park, George Washington National Forest, and the Appalachian Trail almost every weekend. We strive to offer at least one easy, moderate, and strenuous hike within 60 miles of Baltimore, DC, and Northern Virginia each weekend day. MAHG hosts cookouts, white water floats, hike out/paddle backs, cave trips, natural water slides hikes, hikes to view frozen waterfalls, Appalachian Trail section hikes, camping trips, volunteer offerings, and last but certainly not least, our very popular Monuments in the Moonlight hikes.

How We Hike — Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group is a mission-driven (http://midatlantichikinggroup.org/index.html) nonprofit charitable organization. Click Here (http://www.meetup.com/Mid-Atlantic-Hiking-Group/about/) to learn about our mission, programs and initiatives, and our accomplishments! We are committed to connecting people with the natural world, community building, giving back/stewardship, and providing educational opportunities. MAHG is a well-established and highly regarding organization well known for its excellent camaraderie — all with safety in mind while emphasizing having fun out on the trails! We limit our hikes to small groups for the comfort and consideration of others and to better enjoy and respect the environment.

We have many partnerships. A sample of a few and how we work with them - as a partner with Leave No Trace (https://www.meetup.com/Mid-Atlantic-Hiking-Group/pages/9596032/Leave_No_Trace_Hiking/) (LNT), we practice, encourage, and educate others about the importance of practicing proper outdoor ethics and teach LNT certification courses several times every year. Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group is also proud to be a Gold level Alliance Member of the American Hiking Society (http://www.americanhiking.org/). MAHG participates in the "Adopt and Acre" program by adopting land in the Appalachian Mountains to support The Nature Conservancy (http://www.nature.org/). Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group provides volunteer and trail maintenance opportunities and other community-building events throughout the entire Mid-Atlantic Region. Contact our office at 410.480.5000 or see our main website (http://midatlantichikinggroup.org) for more information regarding our cause and our accomplishments, initiatives, partnerships, and programs.

Our leadership team consists of qualified, dedicated, and very appreciated volunteers who are some of the best in the region!

We hope to see you on the trail soon for great times while enjoying all the health benefits of connecting with the natural world - remember to bring your sense of humor (a must with us) and be prepared to have a ton of fun!

Kellie Carlisle - Founder, MAHGs Board of Directors, and the MAHG Volunteer Leadership Team

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