The second of two great hikes in the Manassas Battlefield Park the Second Manassas Trail (6.2 miles) is slightly longer than the First Manassas Trail (5.3 miles). This loop passes several historic landmarks including the Groveton Confederate Cemetery and the battles at Deep Cut.
After crossing Lee Hwy and passing the Stone House climb over the first rise and continue through two fields to the top of Mathews Hill and line of Canons. Continue straight downhill towards the parking area for Mathews Hill. At the parking area cross Sudley Road turning right and continue following the trail as it follows the boundary of the field back to the left.
We had the itch to grab some fall splendor. Our time was limited so we drove to the Manassas Battlefield, 10 min. from our home. We choose this trail -- 2nd Battle of Bull Run -- it was a few miles long.
We saw the unfinished railroad, Groveton - historical home, a gorgeous strait trail with a long line of removable fence, Confederate cemetery, streams, bridge, monument, cannons -- so much in a short time. Horses trotted along the trail with friendly riders waving and chatting. I recommend this trail, which is a small portion of the Battlefield. Enjoy my highlight photos posted on my wellness blog: http://wellzone.wordpress.com/
Date of Hike: Sunday, January 15, 2012
We hiked Manassas National Battlefield Bull Run and Manassas National Battlefield Groveton on the same day and a long day it was! We just so happened to have done this hike on a Sunday that followed MLK Birthday weekend so we got into the park for free. We added a lot of other little trails so we could make this a 15 mile hike. We started at the Visitor Center, in which tours can be taken and other information is available about the battlefields, not to mention the restrooms also available. We followed the first Manassas trail with no issues at all. We started the trail at 10:00 AM finishing at 12:41 running into a lot of runners and people walking dogs. After we made it back to the car we then took a lunch in the car. We started 2nd hike at 1:10 and finished at 5:00. If you wanted to you could turn right at the top of Mathews Hill and cut out maybe 2 miles of the trip instead of going back to the car for a lunch. We did not just because we wanted the miles. So starting the second trip we headed back past all the stuff we just saw just for a mile. The second hike was very muddy so I would suggest a change of clothes for the car ride back home. Also on this hike we crossed the paths of fewer people although we did run into a couple riding horses that was pretty cool to see. We saw a deer that ran away after seeing us. We did go to the Groveton Confederate Cemetery and to me that was one of the highlights of the entire day. We also looked on the topo map at the driving tour stops if the trail was close to that we would walk to that parking area just for some more mileage. Also on Chinn ridge we passed the Webster Memorial and followed the trail to the end then walked back up to Webster. I think we both really enjoyed this trail because of doing both in one day and some really cool history. I missed the mountains and the quietness normal hikes have but it was really nice to have a nice change of pace day to get some history in.
Date of Hike: Saturday, December 03, 2011
Not my favorite trail ever. As mentioned, it's poorly marked (maybe it's better hiked counterclockwise?), so I ended up at a dead end overlooking a highway overpass and had to turn around. It's nice that there are decent trails of this length in the metro area, but I much preferred the Bull Run hike on the other side of the park.
Date of Hike: Friday, November 25, 2011
I, too, am surprised at how poorly this wonderful trail is marked. Particularly difficult in the autumn with leaves all over the sections of the trail in the woods. Made me wonder if the US Park Service has a trail specialist on staff. Be sure to take the downloadable map or pick one up in the visitor's center. Even with the map expect a little confusion and back-tracking. That being said, this trail is a real winner in many ways. Great for the history buff and nature buff alike. This is sacred ground. Take time to read the monuments and memorials. Don't do some dopey thing like run it. Quick side trail to Confederate cemetery very moving and worthwhile. Also takes you though several different micro-ecosystems (second-growth woods, meadows, wetlands) so lots of different wildlife and botanical opportunities for those so inclined. You do share much of the trail with the horsey people so good trail manners and cleanable shoes or boots are useful. I did this trail in May one year and agree with the other reviewers who mention the ticks. If you hike in the spring, wear the tick defense that you prefer and be sure to do a tick check when you get back to the car. I do this trail alone and enjoy enough solitude for reflection and never have felt the need to be wary other than the usual prudence -- just the right balance.
Date of Hike: Sunday, May 29, 2011
Overall the hike itself is nice. I love the Civil War and getting to hike the Second Battle of Manassas is neat. However, when we went they had not mowed and the grass was extremely high everywhere. Needless to say every 5 minutes I was pulling ticks off myself. I must have pulled 10-20 ticks off my dog. It really took away from the hike because all I could think about was ticks.