Ball's Bluff Battlefield Regional Park

Ball's Bluff Battlefield Regional Park, Leesburg

Ball's Bluff Battlefield Regional Park

Ball's Bluff Battlefield Regional Park
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Kate Illinois1
Chicago, Illinois3,370 contributions
Small Battlefield remembered for a faulty intelligence report
May 2021
Open for walking/hiking/self guided tours from dawn to dusk. Ample parking. Guided Tours available on Saturday & Sundays. Short walk to Battlefield and Cemetery ( 0.8 mile loop). The park features an interpretive trail with plenty of signage to orient the visitor to events of the battle and timeline of the Civil War. Small battlefield and hard to imagine over 3,000 soldiers.
Written June 30, 2021
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Prawet J
Washington DC, DC13,366 contributions
Park with Battlefield
Sep 2019
The Ball's Bluff Battlefield Regional Park is where the Ball's Bluff Battlefield is located in the park. Visitors from out of town can learn and enjoy information about the battlefield while locals use the park as exercises through different trails daily. The Potomac river is just at the edge but hikers must hike down to see and enjoy the river. There are various loops for various strenghts of hiker. but the easy one is the Interpretive loop that will take visitors to the battlefield and the National Cemetery.
Written October 1, 2019
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jehenson81
Washington DC, DC21,990 contributions
Visit the Cemetery
Sep 2019
So my parents and I made a quick stop at Ball's Bluff so they could see the 3rd smallest National Cemetery in the US. There was ample parking for a Sunday morning and after reading the signs by the parking lot, we started to the cemetery. We should have just stayed on the service road, but instead took one of the paths/trails and encountered long grass in several sections. As we had not been planning originally to stop here, we had not bug spray and had to check ourselves for bugs and such after we walked through. Other than that small issue, it was a nice visit. My dad was intrigued by the history of the battle and its item of note as the only combat where a US Senator was killed. The cemetery is well maintained and all the signs are informative and well laid out. It was a good visit.
Written September 22, 2019
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Andrew R
Apalachin, NY103 contributions
Great Walking Tour
Aug 2019 • Couples
The park is very well maintained and the maps/brochures you can pick up at the opening of the park provide great directions and details. The location of troop movement and different installations are well marked. Would suggest heavily if you love nature or the Civil War.
Written August 17, 2019
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JE01
Silver Spring, MD439 contributions
Well maintained park
Aug 2019 • Couples
We were a bit pressed for time but we did enjoy the park. Multiple trials are clearly marked. The paper map did not seem to match the trail color markers very well but we figured it out. We will go back when we have more time. Good signage to help orient visitors to the battle locations.
Written August 12, 2019
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Island_GirlMN
MN184 contributions
Well maintained and informative historical site
Jun 2019 • Couples
Traveling with my father, who is a Vietnam Veteran, I knew this historical battlefield would be of great interest to him. We took the complimentary shuttle from the Clarion Inn (aboutten minutes). You drive through a nice suburban area into a heavily wooded area. The parking lot area is the main trailhead. On weekends, they do guided tours. We came here on a Thursday but there is a nice self-guided option available. And - you can download an audio tour from the park’s website! Unfortunately I discovered this after the fact - but the signs still do a really nice job.

There are a number of hiking trails to explore. We took the interpretive trail, which leads you into the battlefield area and the national cemetery- the third smallest in the country. Only one grave is marked; the rest are unknown.

I found it interesting that there is a major restoration project in the works. Goal is to return the battlefield to as close to its original state as it was in 1861.

Plan about 1-2 hours. This is a nice morning visit in June before the heat hits!!
Written June 27, 2019
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Robert Y
Ellicott City, MD5 contributions
Toured in January
Jan 2019 • Couples
Nice area commemorating a small battle in the Civil War. We went in late January and the trail by the river was muddy coating our shoes. But it was nice for people who love history and worth the 90 minutes we spent walking and reading the signs
Written January 30, 2019
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cheralmaree
Charleston, SC3 contributions
Drizzling Rain On Our Tour Day
Jun 2018
We had a captivating self guided walk through this battlefield joined by a trio of Whitetailed Deer. The intermittent rain, coupled with the muddy path only made the experience even more dramatic. Seeing the expanse of the hilly encampment area and sensing the trauma these men went through to fight for our divided country was moving. Well worth visiting.
Written October 23, 2018
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Dorri O
Leesburg, VA38 contributions
Quiet and Beautiful
Jan 2018 • Solo
This is one of my favorite places close to home to go for an easy hike. The area along the Potomac River is beautiful and not that hard to walk. Depending on the weather boots may be recommended. A great place to commune with nature, pray, and relax.
Written February 28, 2018
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beth ann k
Halstead, KS1,272 contributions
Excellent place
Jan 2018 • Family
This was a little hard to find, but it is a wonderful place to visit. We thoroughly enjoyed the cemetary and battlefield.
Written January 31, 2018
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