Category Archives: Easy Hikes

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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Lee’s Mill Trail (Lee’s Mill Historic Park, VA)

– Civil War Series – The Battle of Lee’s Mill on April 5, 1862 was, by all accounts, a minor engagement in the Civil War: it produced only 10 Confederate and 12 Union casualties. In the narrative of Union Maj. … Continue reading

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Carter’s Pond Trail (Prince William Forest Park, VA)

The 0.15-mile Carter’s Pond Trail is poorly advertised and excluded from the official park literature on hiking in Virginia’s Prince William Forest Park. Nonetheless, it does indeed exist, accessed by way of the park’s Scenic Drive. The easy and short … Continue reading

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Muschette Trail Loop (Prince William Forest Park, VA)

The Muschette Trail is one of a pair of very short loop hikes that take off from the Pine Grove Picnic Area in Virginia’s Prince William Forest Park (the other is the wheelchair-accessible Piedmont Forest Trail). There’s not much to … Continue reading

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