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Manassas National Battlefield Park

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On the morning of July 16 1861, the fields overlooking Bull Run rang with the sounds of battle. The Union and Confederate armies clashed at Manassas for the first time that morning. The initial bitter battle removed any hope for a quick war. In 1862, the armies clashed again on these same fields. Today, the Manassas National Battlefield Park is the perfect opportunity to learn about the events leading up to the Civil War, and to discover more about these two influential battles. The park is steeped in American history, and visitors will have every opportunity to imagine what life would have been like for soldiers in the 1860's.

To learn more about Manassas National Battlefield Park, visit www.nps.gov.

Local Info

Visitor Centers:
  • Henry Hill Visitor Center: Open 8:30 am to 5 pm daily. Closed Thanksgiving Day and December 25.
  • Brawner Farm Interpretive Center: 9 am to 5 pm daily. Closed Thanskgiving Day and December 25.
  • Stone House: Open seasonally, beginning April 2016

Fees & Passes:
There is no entrance fee, and Annual Parks passes are not available for purchase at this location. Donations are accepted at the Henry Hill Visitor Center.

Visiting Tips

The park is open daily, from dawn until dusk. More information on seasonal closures and current weather can be found by calling 703-361-1339.

Camping & Lodging

There are no camping or lodging options available within the Manassas National Battlefield Park. Instead, lodging can be found in the towns outside of the park or in the greater Washington D.C. area.

Food & Drink

There are no restaurants or lodges operating within Manassas National Historic Battlefield. There are scenic places to enjoy packed lunches and snacks but you'll need to procure such items outside the park.

The Washington D.C. metro area has many dining options, and visitors have their pick from many restaurant in the area.

Other Activities

Manassas National Battlefield Park provides an enriching experience for all types of visitors, no matter if you spend an hour in the park or if you spend a full day. A 45-minute film recounts the dramatic battles that occurred in the fields, and Living History reenactments bring battlefield history to life. Be sure to visit the Interpretive Center and the bookstore to learn more about what makes Manassas so special. Visit the park's website for a list of nearby attractions including a host of historical sites and museums. For visitors looking for other recreational opportunities in the area, there are many multi-use trails that are great for mountain biking in the greater Washington D.C. metor area.

Maps & Guidebooks

To download a variety of free maps and brochures to help plan your visit, click here.

Gems in Manassas National Battlefield Park - 1

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gem Favorite Stone epitaph.

Portici Cemetery

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Recommended Routes in Manassas National Battlefield Park - 3

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Favorite Henry Hill -- Manassas National Battlefield Park
Intermediate

First Battle of Manassas

5.2 mi 8.3 km 309' Up 94.19 m Up 309' Down 94.32 m Down

Bull Run, VA
Favorite Henry Hill -- Manassas National Battlefield Park
Intermediate

Second Battle of Manassas Trail

6.7 mi 10.8 km 282' Up 85.91 m Up 282' Down 86.03 m Down

Bull Run, VA
Favorite The back road less traveled
Easy/Intermediate

Manassas Battlefield Bridle Trail Loop

10.8 mi 17.4 km 477' Up 145.24 m Up 477' Down 145.3 m Down

Bull Run, VA

Manassas National Battlefield Park Running

  • 44 Miles 71 Kilometers of Trail
  • 3 Recommended Routes
  • 1 Gem Gems
  • 18 Easy Trails Easy Trails
  • 0 Intermediate Trails Intermediate Trails
  • 0 Difficult Trails Difficult Trails
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Trails in Manassas National Battlefield Park - 15

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0.6 mi 1.0 km #1Sudley Loop
Easy/Intermediate
Bull Run, VA
Easy/Intermediate
Bull Run, VA
1.4 mi 2.2 km #2Stone Bridge Loop Trail
Easy/Intermediate
Sudley, VA
Easy/Intermediate
Sudley, VA
1.5 mi 2.4 km #3Chinn Ridge Trail
Easy
Bull Run, VA
Easy
Bull Run, VA
0.9 mi 1.5 km #4Matthews Hill Loop
Easy/Intermediate
Bull Run, VA
Easy/Intermediate
Bull Run, VA
1.3 mi 2.1 km #5Henry Hill Loop
Easy/Intermediate
Bull Run, VA
Easy/Intermediate
Bull Run, VA
2.1 mi 3.4 km #6Stuart's Hill Loop Trail
Easy/Intermediate
Gainesville, VA
Easy/Intermediate
Gainesville, VA
0.6 mi 1.0 km #7Groveton Road
Easy
Bull Run, VA
Easy
Bull Run, VA
3.4 mi 5.5 km #8Brawner Equestrian Loop
Easy/Intermediate
Bull Run, VA
Easy/Intermediate
Bull Run, VA
1.2 mi 2.0 km #9Deep Cut Loop
Easy
Bull Run, VA
Easy
Bull Run, VA
1.2 mi 1.9 km #10Unfinished Railroad Loop
Easy
Bull Run, VA
Easy
Bull Run, VA
1.4 mi 2.2 km #11Brawner Farm Loop
Easy
Gainesville, VA
Easy
Gainesville, VA
3.0 mi 4.8 km #12Bridle Trail
Easy/Intermediate
Sudley, VA
Easy/Intermediate
Sudley, VA
0.6 mi 0.9 km #13Railroad - Studley Loop Connector Trail
Easy
Bull Run, VA
Easy
Bull Run, VA
1.3 mi 2.0 km #14Matthews Hill Bridle Trail
Easy
Bull Run, VA
Easy
Bull Run, VA
0.9 mi 1.4 km #15Farm Road
Easy
Bull Run, VA
Easy
Bull Run, VA

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Henry Hill -- Manassas National Battlefield Park
Apr 23, 2015 near Bull Run, VA
The back road less traveled
Dec 1, 2020 near Bull Run, VA
The view from the battery overlook on Matthews Hill Loop, Manassas National Battlefield Park.
Dec 5, 2016 near Bull Run, VA
Groveton Road Gate
Dec 1, 2020 near Bull Run, VA
Pine Forest
Dec 1, 2020 near Bull Run, VA
Manassas Battlefield - Remote Field
Dec 1, 2020 near Bull Run, VA
Farm Road
Dec 1, 2020 near Bull Run, VA
Deep Cut ahead
Dec 1, 2020 near Bull Run, VA