You live less than 15 minutes away from a national landmark, but how well do you know the history behind Manassas National Battlefield Park? Make a trip this summer to learn about this important piece of the past, and take advantage of all this rich area has to offer.

The Manassas National Battlefield Park hosts the plain that was the site of two pivotal battles between Union and Confederate soldiers during the American Civil War, the latter of which positioned the Confederates with a solid stronghold in the region. You can see those battlefields during your visit, as well as take advantage of the nearby hiking and biking trails for day adventurers of all skill levels. The short Henry Hill loop is great for the kids, or more extensive trails can take you around the entire battlefield with stunning views throughout. And although the onsite Stone House is closed for masonry restoration, it’s anticipated reopening date is this month (fingers crossed).

From Lakeside Apartments, just take I66 west for about five miles, and you’ll arrive at Manassas National Battlefield Park.