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Ball's Bluff Battlefield and National Cemetery

Battlefield Parkway, Route 15, Leesburg, VA
703-779-9372
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Ranked #2 of 50 Attractions in Leesburg
Type: Cemeteries, Battlefields, Historic Sites
Description: A poignant and sobering reminder of a disastrous Union defeat during the Civil War.
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Chesterfield, United Kingdom
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263 reviews 263 reviews
45 attraction reviews
130 helpful votes 130 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2013

Not too much to see here, but worth a short visit if you are in the area. The info boards detail everything you need to know. Another fight fought in error!!

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Leesburg, Virginia, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2013

I live at Ball's Bluff and the trails here are great. Despite the earlier review of this park.....NVRPA does a good job taking care and maintaining this park. Some of the trails intersect with the Potomac Heritage Trail. The historical aspect is interesting...plus, there is also local lore that this park is haunted. It's quiet, there are nice trails, plenty... More

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Tacoma
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16 reviews 16 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2013

the park was wonderful. Saw deer grazing while visiting. I was also within walking distance from the relatives home we were visiting

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Leesburg, Virginia
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58 reviews 58 reviews
28 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2013

This is one of those out of the way places that few ever visit, but should. It is home to the smallest national cemetery in the US and is the scene of of one of the earliest battles of the Civil War, and one which had a profound impact on the Union. The only US Senator ever killed in combat... More

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Marianna, Florida, United States
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2013

For the history buff or for a nice evening walk, this hidden park is very nice.Tucked away in the bustling suburbs of Leesburg you will find the site of an accidental Civil War skirmish. At the end of the trail you will find a Union cemetery with graves of the unknown troops who fell that day. In the parking lot... More

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littlestown
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11 reviews 11 reviews
5 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2013

The easy to difficult longer walks were fairly well marked. Good educational services. I liked going here with my dog on a leash.

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Stephens City, Virginia
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73 reviews 73 reviews
18 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2013

Looking for a nice walking train and learn some history at the same time? This is it. Close to Leesburg, but you need to go there to get there type of destination. The walk to the River is easy, but the long way back is a bear and quite long. Signs are informative and the battle, while small, was significant... More

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Leesburg, Virginia
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54 reviews 54 reviews
28 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2013

We often hike this trail on Thanksgiving morning. It is a nice length, about 50 minutes round trip. It is not steep, so it is fine for little kids. I suggest reading up on the battle so it is more meaningful when you reach the Potomac River and realize what happened. There is also a tiny cemetery that you pass... More

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Virginia
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20 reviews 20 reviews
6 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2013

We love to visit this park as a family. We have found it to be a great Saturday morning hike with the dog. The trails could be a little better marked, so print out a trail map before you go, and take it with you. The only amenity is a port-a-potty in the gravel parking lot, so don't expect luxury.... More

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Virginia USA
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70 reviews 70 reviews
26 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2013

This Battlefield is a wonderful place to soak up history and to hike. The Battlefield borders the Potomac River and the path travels down the bluff and goes quite a way along the river. A great hike for the whole family. Strollers could not take this hike.

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