Manassas National Battlefield Park not only preserves our nation's history of the battles of Manassas I and Manassas II - it preserves grasslands and forests and offers refuge to numerous species of birds, butterflies, plants and wildlife. The park strives to preserve the land much as it existed 150 years ago even amidst the busy urban development of Northern Virginia. The natural geographic features that existed during the Civil War remain visible today and define the battle areas. The Stone Bridge loop trail, with viewing decks and boardwalks crossing vernal springs, provides a close-up look at wildlife in their natural habitat of pine, cedar and swamp forests.

This urban oasis offers over 40 miles of trails for visitors to enjoy and experience the grasslands, wetlands and forests of Manassas and its wildlife. The park has planted native grasses and built bird boxes to create bird habitat. A haven for migratory birds, more than 160 species have been spotted here including eastern meadowlarks, grasshopper sparrows, field sparrows, prairie warblers, brown thrashers, and eastern towhees.

Audubon Society has recognized Manassas as an Important Bird Area, and the park is featured as a stop on the Virginia Birding and Wildlife Trail because of its expansive grasslands. Manassas supports one of the best grassland and shrubland species sites in the region.

Pictured at the top: Hikers enjoy the Manassas Battlefield Stone Bridge Loop Trail.