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Ball's Bluff Battlefield and National Cemetery

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Address: Battlefield Parkway, Route 15, Leesburg, VA
Phone Number: 703-779-9372
Description: A poignant and sobering reminder of a disastrous Union defeat during the...
A poignant and sobering reminder of a disastrous Union defeat during the Civil War.
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Hidden Treasure

What a hidden treasure. Nestled in the midst of a housing development this park offers a small history lesson and lots of hiking trails. The trails are rustic and in some places... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 25, 2014
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Hagerstown, Maryland
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Charlotte, North Carolina
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453 reviews 453 reviews
269 attraction reviews
140 helpful votes 140 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

great war time history. great for a day hike as the area is in the woods and perfect for a fall time get away with the leaves changing color. would recommend coming out here if you are close by.

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Kila, Montana, United States
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37 reviews 37 reviews
15 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

Very nice little battle field. Nice "cannons". Easy to get to and a very nice walk. We did this battle field on a day it was 90 and most of the walk is in the shade. An interesting perspective of this battle when you walk down to the river and see what the Union army had to do. If you... More 

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Hagerstown, Maryland
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152 reviews 152 reviews
36 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

What a hidden treasure. Nestled in the midst of a housing development this park offers a small history lesson and lots of hiking trails. The trails are rustic and in some places rough going, but a wonderful place to visit and the scenery by the river is awesome!

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Cordova, Tennessee
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7 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014 via mobile

A very well hidden battlefield but once you get thereby will be blown away. The park service is slowly restoring the area back to 1861 conditions but the living tour on the weekends is a good draw. The reenactors are very knowledgeable and seem to really enjoy sharing information. A very nice afternoon trip.

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Leesburg, Virginia
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48 attraction reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

This small regional park in Leesburg is the site of a Cival War scirmish. The park is excellently maintained and has several miles of hiking trails suitable for all ages including a walk along the Potomac and a couple of small cascading tributaries. The main battlefield has signs throughout describing the battle in detail. It is very infomative. It also... More 

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Powhatan, Virginia
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93 helpful votes 93 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2014 via mobile

If you are a history buff and near Leesburg take some time to walk this famous historic site of one of the first but overlooked Civil War engagements. The outcome served as one of the many lessons for the inexperienced Union during the first half of the war. President Lincoln not only lost one of his best friends here but... More 

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Charles Town, West Virginia
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2014

I grew up in Leesburg and this was a place that we all loved. I'm so happy that it is still so tranquil and beautiful. If you bar the sounds of others around you, you can almost see the Civil War fighting still going on. A must if you're visiting Loudoun County.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2014

This marks the site of a notable civil war battle with many casualties as troops were trapped crossing the river. It is a pleasant walk, but not much of an outing unless you have done some reading beforehand. There were no forts or other facilities here, so there isn't much to see.

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Chesterfield, United Kingdom
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65 attraction reviews
204 helpful votes 204 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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