Washington, DC: Manassas Bridle Trail Loop

Avoid the crowds on this 3-miler that explores less-traveled trails and an old Confederate headquarters in Manassas National Battlefield Park.

Mapped by Fletcher Caldwell

Trail Facts

  • Distance: 4.5



Location: 38.8068008422852, -77.5010147094726

Travel N on wide bridle path. In 450 ft., bear R @ Y. Ahead, trail veers R and traces perimeter of woods that extend N


Location: 38.8115119934082, -77.4955825805664

Turn L onto trail that ducks into low-growing evergreens


Location: 38.8127746582031, -77.4960403442383

Overlook on R reveals Bull Run. The first major land battle between Union and Confederate troops was named after this Potomac River tributary (also a popular hangout for white-tailed deer and ducks)


Location: 38.8137474060059, -77.5009689331055

Pass the grassy banks of a small pond fed by Bull Run, then head NW


Location: 38.8144340515137, -77.503547668457

Leave open fields and re-enter forest; trail rounds to the SW in 100 yds.


Location: 38.813045501709, -77.5090179443359

Ford the trickling waters of Holkums Branch, then turn L off main bridle path


Location: 38.8114128112793, -77.5107574462891

Merge L onto gravel road


Location: 38.8099136352539, -77.5098724365234

Continue road walk, heading S past patchwork of fields and forest


Location: 38.8062133789062, -77.5087661743164

Cruise past parking lot. In 150 ft., turn L @ Portici sign; travel NE across a rolling field


Location: 38.807315826416, -77.5064086914062

A tree-lined meadow is all that remains @ Portici (the site of a 19th century plantation house). Confederate headquarters were located here during the Battle of Bull Run in 1861


Location: 38.8089027404785, -77.5050735473633

Turn R onto gravel road that runs SE over pastoral hills. Next .3 mi.: Pass a fish-filled pond on R; turn R @ T to trailhead