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Site Information

  • Seasons: All
  • Site Contact: (703) 754-1859 bryan_gorsira@nps.gov
  • Site Access: Fee, Daily
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Facilities

Fee Handicap Accessible Hiking Trails Interpretive Trail Parking Phone Picnic Restrooms

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Site CBR08: Manassas National Battlefield Park

Description

Manassas National Battlefield marked a seminal point in the Civil War. Two battles were fought here in 1861-62, and Confederate victories brought southern military power to its zenith. The national battleground memorializes these clashes and offers visitors an opportunity to bear witness to the struggles that once gripped these grounds. The national battlefield is worthy of a visit for its historical significance alone. No one can walk these grounds without feeling touched by the thousands who gave their lives here. Yet, the dedication of the National Park Service to maintaing the grounds in their original state has also created a unique wildlife viewing opportunity. The native grasslands that are carefully sustained for historical accuracy are amongst the most extensive remaining in the county. Grassland species such as grasshopper sparrow, eastern bluebird, field sparrow, northern bobwhite, and red-tailed hawk may be common at certain times of the year. In winter, rarities such as long-eared owl may be seen foraging over theses fields. The Park's bird list, currently at 168 species, and other natural resource information can be accessed at their website by clicking on Nature and Science. One may walk the more than 20 miles of hiking and horse trails that access the battleground or drive the 12-mile self-guided tour. In any case, Manassas Battlefield Park should not be missed by anyone interested in the natural and human history of the United States.

Directions

Return on Bull Run Post Office Road to US 29; travel south for 2.2 miles to SR 234, and drive south 0.5 miles to Manassas National Battlefield Visitors Center.

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