Presidents' Day Weekend Hike at Manassas National Battlefield Park! Your Choice of an Easy/Newbie Friendly 5.2-Mile or a Moderate 9-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 significant 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 MAHG's avid hikers and volunteer trail maintainers who attended this outing in May had this to say about their experience:
"This excellent history hike offered by MAHG has two distance options which are 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 Kellie. Numerous signs give you a sense of how the battle unfolded. Loved the hike and love MAHG!"
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 loops 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 to an entirely 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 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
Distance Option 2: First and Second Loop: After the first loop of 5.2 miles, we will then end up back in the parking lot before following the route of the Second Battle of Manassas. Both battles are covered for a total of about 9 miles.
Nearby City: Manassas, VA (About 30 miles from DC)
Length: Your Choice of an Easy 5.2 Miles or a Moderate 9 Mile Hike
Schedule: Open dawn until dusk, 365 days a year.
Elevation Gain: Minimal
Trail Type: Two unique loops both start from the same parking lot and cover 2 different battles. It is very easy to complete the shorter option 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.
Park Entry Fee
There is no park entrance fee.
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We hike rain or shine. Click Here to view the forecast for the area where we will be hiking.
The goal for this hike is to maintain an average moving pace of ~ 2.5 mph. This speed is frequently used in popular hiking publications to represent the pace of an average hiker. We welcome you to please sign up for another hike if you know that this is not a comfortable pace for you. We strive to offer a variety of hikes and pace options so we can always have something for everyone no matter their interest and ability.
Our RSVP and Group Etiquette
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Carpool Suggestions and Information
Note that you are responsible for knowing how to get from carpool locations to the venue. Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group is not responsible for transportation to and from events or carpools. Suggested carpool times and places are provided as a courtesy because many members are either new to the area or unfamiliar with a particular hike or venues location. Please use the 'Comments' section below, or reach out via e-mail to make arrangements for carpooling needs and offerings.
Baltimore Area Carpool Suggestion - Savage Station
To carpool or caravan from the Baltimore area, people can arrange to meet at Savage Station. Click Here for directions and additional information regarding carpooling from the suggested Savage Station location.
Annapolis Area Carpool Suggestion - Starbucks
To carpool or caravan from the Annapolis area, people can arrange to meet at the Harbour Center Mall Starbucks. Click Here for directions and additional information regarding carpooling from the suggested Annapolis area carpool location.
Baltimore Area Carpool Suggestion - Security Blvd. I-70 Park and Ride
To carpool or caravan from the metro Baltimore area, people can arrange to meet at the I-70 Park and Ride. Click Here for directions and additional information regarding carpooling from the suggested Security Boulevard I-70 Park and Ride location.
If you can drive or want to carpool from additional locations, please post your location and needs in the comment section below. Click Here for a list of suggested carpool locations complete with directions and other details including other carpool information. 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
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Meet & Greet and Sign-In — 9:45-9:55 a.m.
The Hike is at 10:00 a.m.
Carpool Time from Savage Station — 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 and Leave No Trace principles. Our hikes are led by generous, dedicated, and qualified MAHG members who volunteer 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. Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group is a volunteer supported tax-exempt 501(c)(3) nonprofit charitable organization, and Tax ID: [masked].
A Well-Mannered, Leashed Fido is Welcome on this Hike!
Let’s have fun out on the trails and see you there!
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