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Stone Bridge Loop Trail

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1.4 mile 2.2 kilometer point to point
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Elevation

Ascent: 70' 21 m
Descent: -95' -29 m
High: 238' 73 m
Low: 168' 51 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 2% (1°)
Max Grade: 11% (6°)

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Trail shared by Brian Smith

Another history-rich loop at Manassas Battlefield.

Brian Smith

Features Birding · Wildflowers

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Begin your hike at the Stone Bridge parking lot (Tour Stop #12). Follow the trail down to the post-war Stone Bridge (Confederate troops destroyed the war-time bridge in 1862), where Union forces deployed to divert Confederate attention from the main advance upstream. Upon crossing the bridge, the trail continues along Bull Run with its picturesque displays of wildflowers in the spring and colorful foliage in the fall.

The trail ascends a steep bluff to the overlook of Farm Ford, where Union troops led by Col. William T. Sherman crossed Bull Run on the day of the battle. Turning west away from the stream, the trail emerges out in the open fields of the war-time Van Pelt property. Visitors will pass the site of the Van Pelt home, 'Avon,' used by Confederate Col. Nathan G. Evans as his headquarters. The trail cuts back over a watershed area with excellent birding opportunities from the wooden boardwalk through the marsh.

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Mar 26, 2016
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Stone Bridge
May 6, 2015 near Sudley, VA
What were the men thinking as they crossed this field to get to battle?
May 4, 2015 near Sudley, VA
The footbridge....only singletrack point on the trail. Watch for dog pooh. People really need to clean up after their critters.
May 4, 2015 near Sudley, VA
On the way to the footbridge.  Running up this path is more fun than down....
May 4, 2015 near Sudley, VA
Turn right here. Fun stuff ahead!
May 4, 2015 near Sudley, VA
Terrible picture of Youngs Branch.  Sorry for the fuzz....
May 4, 2015 near Sudley, VA

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