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“Balls Bluff Park and the Civil War”

Ball's Bluff Battlefield Regional Park
Ashburn, Virginia
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60 reviews
26 attraction reviews
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“Balls Bluff Park and the Civil War”
Reviewed October 10, 2013

It may seem strange that a large Civil War battlefield sits smack in the middle of one of the fastest growing counties in the country. But Loudoun County, Virginia is filled with history related to this war, and one can see it very well at Balls Bluff Battlefield. The small cemetery containing markers of mostly unknown soldiers who died in the war sits serenely near the entrance of the park. It's been said by the locals that ghostly appearances of civil war soldiers can sometimes be seen. Given that many soldiers died terrible deaths here, it's no wonder. One must be very careful while going through the park, as there are steep drop offs throughout it -- the steepest of which is along the Potomac River which courses through the park. Visitors should get a map of the park and learn where the river is and be mindful of the steep drop off. Be especially mindful of kids through this area. In spite of the thousands of houses that have sprung up in this old and historical county, Loudoun still holds many fascinating tales from days of yore, and Balls Bluff battleground figures prominently in many of those stories. If you yearn to learn more about this chaotic time in our nation's history, it would be worth your while to include Balls Bluff into your itinerary.

Visited August 2013
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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604 reviews
229 attraction reviews
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“Beautiful spot on a horrific site”
Reviewed August 10, 2013

The Battle of Ball's Bluff doesn't show up in a lot of history books, but it was still an important engagement. The area is much better than it was only a few years ago. A lot of time, attention and money has been put into maintaining this park. Too bad for the need for more houses into the area. It's a must see for Civil War buffs.

Visited July 2013
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Des Moines, Iowa
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“Interesting to see”
Reviewed July 6, 2013

Beautiful now, but certainly was not at one time. Interesting part of our history. Too bad there are so many other buildings/homes build around the battlefield.

Visited June 2013
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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201 reviews
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“Nice trails, take a buddy”
Reviewed May 27, 2013

We came here with family - four adults and one child, and enjoyed a nice walk while our neice collected various leaves and rocks to play with along the way. The trails are fairly well maintained and marked and it is an easy walk, even for people with a bad backor or bum knee. There weren't a ton of descriptive signs, but my husband had lots of civil war stories to lecture us on. I keep hearing you can take a free guided tour with a volunteer but we have not done that, yet. I believe the Battlefield tours are held on Saturdays and Sundays at 11am and 1pm, but not in the winter. We will likely take a tour one of these days. Check out their website for more info: nvrpa.org

Warnings: There are no toilets along the trails, so use them in the parking lot before you set off. There are also no trash cans along the way, so carry out what you carry in.
Ladies - do not go jogging here alone after dusk. Leesburg is a pretty safe town, but I've heard rumblings of the occasional scare here for lone females out for a walk/run.

Visited February 2013
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Friday Harbor, Washington
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362 reviews
69 attraction reviews
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“Great Place for A walk and a Little Civil War History”
Reviewed May 11, 2013

We spent an hour and a half here mostly for exercise. There are a half dozen or so walks - all color coded and well marked. The trails are though a nice deciduous forest with lots of white tail deer. We were there after several days of rain so lots of mozzies but we kept moving and therefore no problem. there are interpretive signs for the history p[art along one trail. there is a small cemetery for some soldiers lost in the fight. It was a good workout with peekaboo views of the Potomac. Probably better views after the leaves drop.

Visited May 2013
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