Horseback riding

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BATTLEFIELD EQUESTRIAN SOCIETY

Manassas National Battlefield Park has approximately 21 miles of designated trails for horseback riding, making it one of the best equine riding areas in the region. The location of each bridle trail has been carefully identified to protect the cultural and natural resources of the park. Please help us maintain these resources for future generations by adhering to park rules and regulations.

Visitors must bring their own horses, as the park does not offer horseback rides. For the safety of animals and riders, protection of other visitors and park resources, riders must remain on designated bridle trails at all times (All horse trails are blazed YELLOW). Bridle trail maps are available at the Henry Hill Visitor Center.

Trailer parking is restricted to designated areas only. The Brownsville Picnic Area, located off of Groveton Road, has ample parking available. Limited trailer parking is available at Portici, located off of Vandor Lane. All horse excrement in these areas must be collected and carried out by the animal's owner or rider.

Manassas National Battlefield Park Equestrian Trails:
Main Bridle Trail (10 miles, estimated 2.5 hours)
Brawner Farm Loop Trail (8.5 miles, estimated 2 hours)
Portici Bridle Loop Trail (3 miles, estimated 45 minutes)
Matthews Hill Bridle Loop Trail (5 miles, estimated 45 minutes)
Please note that the mileages and times are estimates only, your time will vary depending on the speed that you ride.

Please note the following regulations:
Horses must be attended at all times to prevent third party injuries. Groups of riders must maintain a single file line. Jumping of stone walls, fences or other structures, racing or riding at excessive speeds is prohibited.

Pedestrians will also use these trails. Pedestrians have the right of way. Please keep horses at a slow walk while passing pedestrians. Do not obstruct the trail or make unreasonable noise while passing other horses.

Horses may only be secured by tying them to a hitching rack or horse trailer.

Note: Under emergency circumstances the park may close a trail temporarily without prior notice. The closures will be signed and the park Visitor Center will know the current status of the horse trails. Please call (703) 361-1339.

 

Equestrian Trail Parking Areas

Brownsville Picnic Area Parking Lot

38.8026978483, -77.5491431324
SPACES
143 Total
14 Oversized
Parking lot for Brownsville Picnic Area. Parking for equestrian trailers and access to equestrian trails. Please keep domestic pets distant from horses. Park in designated spaces only.
Standard Hours
Sun: From sunrise to sunset
Mon: From sunrise to sunset
Tue: From sunrise to sunset
Wed: From sunrise to sunset
Thu: From sunrise to sunset
Fri: From sunrise to sunset
Sat: From sunrise to sunset
Amenities:
Accessible Lot: Yes
Number of ADA-designated spaces: 6
Number of ADA van-accessible spaces: 1
Number of ADA step-free spaces: 0
Total number of spaces: 143
Number of oversize vehicle spaces: 14
   
   
 

Vandor Lane Equestrian Parking Lot

38.8065781607, -77.5009367671
SPACES
5 Total
5 Oversized
Parking lot on Vandor Lane for visitors with equestrian trailers. Non-equestrian trailered vehicles, please use the Rock Road lot. No dogs or other domestic pets. Park in designated spaces only.
Standard Hours
Sun: From sunrise to sunset
Mon: From sunrise to sunset
Tue: From sunrise to sunset
Wed: From sunrise to sunset
Thu: From sunrise to sunset
Fri: From sunrise to sunset
Sat: From sunrise to sunset
Amenities:
Accessible Lot: Yes
Number of ADA-designated spaces: 1
Number of ADA van-accessible spaces: 0
Number of ADA step-free spaces: 0
Total number of spaces: 5
Number of oversize vehicle spaces: 5
   
   
 

Last updated: April 20, 2021

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

12521 Lee Highway
Manassas, VA 20109

Phone:

(703) 361-1339 x0

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