Manassas National Battlefield preserves the site of two major American Civil War battles: the First Battle of Bull Run on July 21, 1861, and the Second Battle of Bull Run between August 28–30, 1862. Today, trails throughout the park enable exploration of the historic terrain where men fought and died more than a century ago. The VHTRC’s premiere event, the Bull Run Run 50 Miler, commemorates these battles.
This counter-clockwise loop follows the Second Manassas Trail and the First Manassas Trail around much of the Manassas National Battlefield. Parking is at a lot on the north side of Route 29 near Groveton Confederate Cemetary. The terrain is rolling with few rocks, but can get muddy during winter and spring. Much of the run is in exposed fields and can be hot in the summer. Restrooms and water are avaiable at the Henry Hill Visitor Center.
You may also start the loop at the Henry Hill Visitor Center off of Sudley Road, from the parking lot east of Sudley Road near Matthews Hill, or from a parking lot on the north side of Route 29 near the Stone Bridge.
The run may be shortened by doing only one of the two main trail loops, or lengthened by running them in a figure eight. See the printable map of the battlefield.