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Manassas National Battlefield Park

Manassas National Battlefield Park - BEST Placess to Picnic

12521 Lee Highway
Manassas, VA 20109-2005

Phone:
Visitor Information 703-361-1339
Park Headquarters 703-754-1861
Tour Reservations 703-361-1339

Explore Two Great Battles of the American Civil War!

In the summer of 1861, enthusiastic volunteers in colorful uniforms gathered to fight the first major land battle of the war. Confident that their foes would turn and run, neither side anticipated the smoke, din and death of battle. Nearly one year later, both sides met again on the same battlefield with the Confederates winning a solid victory bringing them to the height of their power.

Nature & Science

Manassas National Battlefield Park, established in 1940, preserves the sites of the First and Second Battles of Manassas. These important battlegrounds and associated monuments are nestled in over 5000 acres of meadows, woodlands and streams. The Resource Management division oversees these historic lands for their important contribution to local and regional biodiversity.

Manassas National Battlefield Park is located within the Triassic basin of the northern Virginia piedmont. The park is characterized by gently rolling hills with a patchwork of open fields and forests. The Park's landscape is representative of the Culpeper basin and is one of the region's most unspoiled areas. The animals that can be found here are typical of this region.

Things To Do

Start your visit at the Henry Hill Visitors Center. Check the board for daily interpretive programs. Go for a hike, explore historic sites, check out the bookstore and museum.

Places to Picnic

Picnic tables are available on a first-come, first-served basis at the following locations:

  • Stuart's Hill Center
  • Brownsville Picnic Area

Manassas National Battlefield Park, located north of Manassas, Virginia, 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 which was fought between August 28 and August 30, 1862 (also known as the First Battle of Manassas and the Second Battle of Manassas, respectively).

The peaceful Virginia countryside bore witness to clashes between the armies of the North (Union) and South (Confederacy), and it was here that Confederate General Thomas J. Jackson acquired his nickname "Stonewall."

Today the National Battlefield Park provides the opportunity for visitors to explore the historic terrain where men fought and died for their beliefs more than a century ago. As an historic area under the National Park Service, the park was administratively listed on the National Register of Historic Places on October 15, 1966.

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