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“historical park ....great forall ages” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Ball's Bluff Battlefield and National Cemetery

Ball's Bluff Battlefield and National Cemetery
Battlefield Parkway, Route 15, Leesburg, VA
703-779-9372
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Ranked #5 of 50 Attractions in Leesburg
Type: Battlefields, Cemeteries, Historic Sites, Cultural
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Owner description: A poignant and sobering reminder of a disastrous Union defeat during the Civil War.
littlestown
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11 reviews 11 reviews
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“historical park ....great forall ages”
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.

Visited July 2013
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Stephens City, Virginia
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72 reviews 72 reviews
17 attraction reviews
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“Nice afternoon destination”
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 early in the war. Pack a snack, water bottle, and wear conformable walking shoes or boots if waling the longer trail. Nice romantic hide-a-way date destination. Quiet and intimate, but close to civilization and in a populated area.

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Leesburg, Virginia
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“A nice hike”
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 by. It has never been crowded when we go, but I guess it could be.

Visited November 2012
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Virginia
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“History and Exercise Combined!”
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. I would say the views along the river are definitely worth the hike. There are plenty of open areas to picnic.

Visited February 2013
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Virginia USA
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“Smallest National Cemetery”
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.

Visited January 2013
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