Coming from the West Coast, the only battlefield I have ever visited was the Battle of Little Big Horn in western Montana. I was a little girl and I really don’t remember much about the site. When we moved back East, I knew that visiting some of the close Civil War sites was a must do.
On a Sunday morning in August, we drove the 40 miles to Manassas. We only visited the Henry Hill Visitor Center and the area immediately surrounding it. The visitor center is open from 8:30am to 5pm. There were very little people there visiting that morning. I am not sure if it was the time of day or if that is normal. The area was beautiful, with lots of trails and green rolling hills.
Eilam loved looking at the canons and running on the nice trails. The trails had information about the area and war. We were there probably an hour or so. We then drove around the Park but didn’t stop anywhere else. With a two year old wanting a nap by 1pm, we usually only have limited morning time to visit places. With the amount of running he did that morning, it was a quick but active trip. Overall, it was a very nice morning and if you want to get out of the city/suburban area for a nice kid friendly hike, I highly suggest visiting.
Where: 6511 Sudley Road, Manassas, Virginia
How to Get There: Travel west on I-66 to Exit 47B, Route 234 North (Sudley Road). Proceed through the first traffic light. The entrance to the Henry Hill Visitors Center is on the right, just past the Northern Virginia Community College.
Hours: The grounds are open from dawn to dusk while the visiting centers have various hours. The Henry Hill Center is open from 8:30am to 5pm.
Cost: $5 per day for visitors 16 years and older