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Second Battle of Manassas Trail

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 4.2 (17) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

A great route on well maintained trails in the Manassas Battlefield National Park.


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6.7

Miles

10.8

KM

99%

Runnable

287' 87 m

High

191' 58 m

Low

282' 86 m

Up

282' 86 m

Down

2%

Avg Grade (1°)

12%

Max Grade (7°)

Dogs Leashed

Features River/Creek · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Open daily from Dawn to Dusk.

Overview

This is a nice route through one-half of the Manassas Battlefield. The terrain is not too tough. Follow the trails and learn some history.

Everything is pretty well maintained and while you'll see people along the way, it's not super crowded at all.

This route is a mix of open air and woods, so plenty of shade. Except for it when there is not!

Need to Know

Parking at the visitor center is free but can fill up on nice days. There are a few other lots along the route though.

Runner Notes

No water along the way. Not super steep but some small hills. Lots of people walking dogs on nice days. Also, there are horse trails throughout. Be safe and courteous when passing horses.

Description

The trail begins at the visitor Center and heads north, past the Stone House (open seasonally), to Buck Hill where Pope established his headquarters. From Matthews Hill, visitors can look west to the area of the unfinished railroad where Stonewall Jackson placed his Confederate forces.

The trail continues along the graded railroad bed leading to a clearing at the Deep Cut, the scene of a bloody battle where Jackson's troops turned back a major assault, then turns south and passes the Lucinda Dogan House (one of three surviving Civil War-era structures in the park).

Moving across the road, the trail winds upward towards New York Avenue where monuments mark the site where the 5th and 10th New York regiments were slaughtered in a massive Confederate counterattack that swept eastward toward Chinn Ridge. After touring the Chinn Ridge area, the trail leads back to Henry Hill, where the final struggle during Second Manassas played out.

Flora & Fauna

Lots of deer during the spring and fall. I swear I smelled a bear one day. Not sure you would call dogs fauna, but there are lots of dog walkers. Most of them are well behaved (the dogs, that is).

History & Background

This trail leads visitors through the climactic stages of the second battle at Manassas that paved the way for the Confederate invasion of the North. Fighting occurred over three days in late August 1862 between Confederate troops under the command of Gen. Robert E. Lee and Union forces led by Gen. John Pope.

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Shared By:

Scott Spencer with improvements by Geoffrey Goodrum

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Photos

Henry Hill -- Manassas National Battlefield Park
Apr 23, 2015 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
Farm Road
Dec 1, 2020 near Bull Run, VA
Almost at the end!
Apr 19, 2015 near Bull Run, VA
Stone House -- During both battles, Federals turned the former tavern into a field hospital.
Aug 13, 2019 near Bull Run, VA
A battery of cannons welcomes visitors to the Matthews Hill Loop.
Dec 5, 2016 near Bull Run, VA

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Sep 1, 2019
Scott Spencer
Tied it in with the First Battle for 9 total miles. Trail has changed a bit since I posted it a few years back. 4.5mi
May 16, 2019
Jason Meyer
6mi
Apr 27, 2019
Tracy Phillips
Walked with small dog. Temp in mid 50's. Sunny day ran into very few people. 6.2mi — 2h 35m
Mar 17, 2019
Justin Rummel
6mi
Oct 13, 2018
Ned R
Great loop 6mi
Mar 17, 2018
Ned R
Good trails, a few tough road crossings 6.1mi
Jan 27, 2018
Mike Hagan
Nov 5, 2017
Emily Eiland
Combined both battle of Manassas trails to create a 10 mile loop. 5mi