Category Archives: Easy Hikes

Manzanita Lake Trail (Lassen Volcanic National Park, CA)

Manzanita Lake in California’s Lassen Volcanic National Park brings together visitors of all stripes: photographers, casual hikers, anglers, and kayakers. Around the water, the 1.9-mile Manzanita Lake Trail offers a relatively easy stroll through pine forests and along lakeside beaches, … Continue reading

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Subway Cave Trail (Lassen National Forest, CA)

Northern California’s Subway Cave in Lassen National Forest is a relative newcomer to the area’s volcanic landscape; it formed less than 20,000 years ago as once-frequent lava flows drained away, leaving behind a wide, subterranean passage. Today it is a … Continue reading

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River Trail Loop (Valley Forge National Historical Park, PA)

– Revolutionary War Series – While the majority of the historical sites are across the river, the north side of Pennsylvania’s Valley Forge National Historical Park offers some quiet hiking along the gentle Schuylkill River. Those looking for a circuit … Continue reading

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Henry Hill Loop Trail (Manassas National Battlefield Park, VA)

– Civil War Series – The climax of the First Battle of Manassas took place on Henry Hill, a grassy pasture west of Bull Run and north of Manassas Junction, Virginia—the object of Union attack. On the afternoon of July … Continue reading

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Matthews Hill Loop Trail (Manassas National Battlefield Park, VA)

– Civil War Series – The Civil War’s First Battle of Manassas comprised two major engagements: a Union victory at Matthews Hill in the morning, and a Union defeat at Henry Hill in the afternoon. With Gen. Irvin McDowell’s Federal … Continue reading

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Stone Bridge Loop Trail (Manassas National Battlefield Park, VA)

– Civil War Series – The Stone Bridge at Virginia’s Manassas National Battlefield Park was the site of the first action of the First Battle of Manassas on July 21, 1861. Destroyed during the war, the bridge has been reconstructed, … Continue reading

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Sudley Loop Trail (Manassas National Battlefield Park, VA)

– Civil War Series – On July 19, 1861—two days before the Civil War’s First Battle of Manassas—Union General Irwin McDowell dispatched John G. Barnard, his chief engineer, to identify a suitable place for thousands of Federal soldiers, horses, and … Continue reading

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North Pier Trail (Fort Pulaski National Monument, GA)

– Civil War Series – While the fort itself steals the show, Georgia’s Fort Pulaski National Monument also contains a handful of hiking trails. Among the easiest (and mostly wheelchair-accessible) is the North Pier Trail, a 6/10-mile stem-and-loop which begins … Continue reading

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Redoubt 1 Trail (Redoubt Park, VA)

– Civil War Series – On the eve of battle in May 1862, Confederate Col. John Magruder’s “third line” of defenses on the Virginia Peninsula comprised 14 redoubts—small, enclosed defensive fortifications built from earth, sod, and timber. Together they served … Continue reading

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Twin Forts Loop Trail (Newport News Park, VA)

– Civil War Series – The Twin Forts Loop Trail in Virginia’s Newport News explores the site of the Battle of Dam No. 1, a failed Union attack on a Confederate fortification on April 16, 1862. Part of the three-month … Continue reading

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