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greenBlue Second Battle of Manassas Trail

  4.3 ( 12 ) Favorite


6.3 mile 10.1 kilometer loop


Ascent: 257' 78 m
Descent: -258' -79 m
High: 288' 88 m
Low: 193' 59 m


Avg Grade: 2% (1°)
Max Grade: 8% (4°)


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Trail shared by Scott Spencer

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

Scott Spencer

Features River/Creek · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Open daily from Dawn to Dusk.


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.


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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May 18, 2019
Robert B
Jun 14, 2018
Kirsten Hite
Nice rolling trail. Easy running. Great views.
May 12, 2018
Alan Hohn
Apr 29, 2018
Laura D
Mar 19, 2018
James Bullock
Dec 17, 2017
Doug Goldring
Aug 26, 2017
Brian Welsh
Feb 11, 2017
Ryan Keyes
Gray day today, 50 degrees semi muddy.

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