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Manassas National Battlefield Park

Virginia

6511 Sudley Road
Manassas, VA 20109, USA

Website: https://www.nps.gov/mana/index.htm

Just under 30 miles from our nation's bustling capital of Washington, D.C., Manassas National Battlefield Park encompasses approximately 5,100 acres of land in Prince William County, Va. This scenic, sprawling site witnessed the first major land battle of the Civil War on July 21, 1861- the First Battle of Manassas, at which Confederate Gen. Thomas J. Jackson became known as "Stonewall" Jackson. The fields were hallowed once again in late August 1862, as the Second Battle of Manassas set the stage for the Maryland Campaign, culminating at the Battle of Antietam - still the bloodiest day in American history. 

Established in 1940, Manassas National Battlefield Park is the keeper of numerous Civil War stories, sharing them with more than 700,000 visitors each year. The park offers programs and activities for all ages and interests, providing opportunities for everyone who visits! 

Grow your intellect by seeking out a guided walking tour with a park ranger, travel back in time with a living history demonstration or encourage your young visitor's curiosity through Junior or Scout Ranger programs or TRACK Trails Adventures! For those wanting to take things at their own pace, the park's 20-mile self-guided driving tour allows visitors to interact with the site's vivid past from the comfort of their vehicle. On the other hand, those who wish to dive directly into the physical landscape can turn their attention to birding, fishing and wildlife watching. With more than 40 miles of hiking trails and roughly 21 miles of designated trails for horseback riding- amidst habitats ranging from mature forests to open grasslands to meadows, as well as freshwater creeks and ponds - Manassas National Battlefield Park is not only a place suited to contemplate our Civil War past, but also an ideal escape to nature.