Matthews Hill Loop via First Manassas Trail

8 reviews #1 hike out of 5 in
5.2 mi
Distance
3 hrs 8 min
Time
terrain
128 ft
Elev Gain

Overview

This is one of the best beginner hikes in the area. Don't be fooled by the Difficult rating. It is relatively flat (be careful of the steep hill approaching the visitor center near the end). If you are interested in history, particularly the Civil War era, this is a fantastic area to explore. Take some time to wander down any of the myriad side trails to see historic locations, buildings, and armaments. The newly renovated Stone Bridge is not to be missed.

Getting Started

The visitor center has a sufficient parking lot, however, on nice days it can fill quickly. If the parking lot fills, consider parking at the Stone House around the corner, or further up Sudley Road at an alternate parking lot.

Taking Children

This is a fantastic hike for kids. There trails are relatively flat and there are many fascinating historic sites to see. Highly recommend for children. 9/10.



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    1 year, 4 months ago
    Not a difficult hike and highly recommended (especially if you are into Civil War history). This is my go to hike during the week as it's usually not crowded and the views are pretty all year long. Dogs allowed while on a leash.
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    2 years, 5 months ago
    This is not a difficult hike. It is almost entirely flat. This hike takes you through first Manassas. The visitor center has a 45min movie on the top of the hour that I recommend. A must hike for any historian. Job well done by the NPS. Also it is now free.
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