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.
A great trail. I took my dog and she had no issues. Not as crowded as 1st Manassas Battlefield. If you are a Civil War history buff, you will enjoy this trail (as well as 1st Manassas Trail). It is at least 6.2 miles in length. The trail is well marked except for a few spots. Good variety of meadows and woodland. Amazing that it is so close to town but does not feel that way during the hike.
Date of Hike: Friday, May 27, 2016
Had a fine hike on an interesting trail with several informative historical markers. The printable map for this hike has other historical information on several points along the way. Trail in good condition, just one longer muddy patch and several shorter ones of no significance. The trail churned up in parts from horses. Quite a bit of the trail is in the open so sun protection is important. Unlike a previous review, no ticks, few bugs of any kind. Movie on the hour at the visitor's center. As I write this the description says there's a $3 fee per person but according to staff this is no longer the case -- it is now a fee-exempt site. (An outlying trail sign still confusingly says to pay the fee.) Was glad to have the GPS to keep me on track.
Mark n Punc
Date of Hike: Friday, July 17, 2015
We did this hike after doing all of the other small loops around the Battlefield. Added another 2 miles by going to the farm in the NW quadrant of the park, there's a water fountain there, which is one of only two water sources in the park.
This is a nice section if you're looking to get away from the crowds and touristy areas, with hard pack dirt instead of the usual gravel chips. Downsides as previously mentioned: somewhat poor marking, and the take along maps do not display this as one loop. Another downside as of 2015: ticks, ticks everywhere. My four legged hiking buddy has often come back from the battlefields covered with ticks.
A great stretch if you want to see a different side of the battlefields.
Date of Hike: Sunday, September 07, 2014
First time doing the 2nd Manassas Trail loop and was pleasantly surprised - the back sections around the Unfinished Railroad Grade featured several beautiful fields overgrown with wildflowers, and the trails were generally quieter than the more popular Matthews Hill/Stone Bridge loop. I agree with some of the other reviewers that there are a couple sections that are poorly marked, but overall it's a nice hike that you don't have to travel far to enjoy.
Theresa Coates Ellis
Date of Hike: Sunday, October 21, 2012
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/