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Posted at 11:23 AM ET, 01/11/2012

Running through a winter wonderland at the Manassas Battlefield Park

A snowy scene at the Manassas National Battlefield Park Tuesday morning. I took a pocket camera on a six mile run to record the winter landscape scenes and beautiful trails at the Battlefield Park.
I tried a different type of photo shoot Tuesday morning after our surprise snow event on Monday. I took a pocket camera on a six mile run through the snow-covered Manassas Battlefield to record the wintery scenes and beautiful setting of the park. I have included a photo sequence and captions below that outline the run, from the Stone Bridge to the Stone House, and back. Many portions of the park truly resembled a winter wonderland.

Read below to see the photos and description of the wintery run through the Manassas Battlefield Park.

I began my run at the Stone Bridge, which is located on Route 29 west of Centreville. There is ample parking next to the bridge.

After crossing the Stone Bridge, I took a right turn on a trail that follows Bull Run. The trail is wide and is located on the flood plain of Bull Run. The snow on the trees glistened in the morning sunlight while much of the trail was free of snow.

Occasionally, the trail would be snow covered but the footing was good. The average snow cover was between 1-1.5”, which was fine for running and hiking.

The trail along Bull Run splits, but both trails ultimately lead up a hill to a large field and more trails that lead to Matthews Hill and the Stone House. I always take the foot bridge and the right fork of the trail.

The view of Bull Run near the foot bridge.

The trail leaves the flood plain of Bull Run and leads up a hill. A canopy of snow-covered branches were overhead.

At the top of the hill was a beautiful pine forest. The snow hung heavy on the branches of the trees which resulted in less snow accumulation on the ground.

The trail emerged from the pine forest into a large field. I took a right turn and headed west toward Matthews Hill.

The trail entered another set of woods before Matthews Hill. This portion of the trail is wide and well-maintained by the Park Service. As I ran down the trail, light snow gently fell from the trees as the morning sun warmed the branches overhead. Falling snow in bright sunshine was a cool sight.

The trail runs past the site of the Carter House and their family cemetery. I took a quick detour to photograph the stone wall around the Carter cemetery.

Finally, after two miles of running, the trail emerged onto Matthews Hill. A row of cannons pointed toward Henry Hill which is the last hill visible in the background of this photo.

The trail on Matthews Hill bends to the left and leads to the Stone House, visible in the above photo. Henry Hill is visible beyond the Stone House, on the other side of Route 29. This is where the Union Army charged Henry Hill and fought the Confederates at First Manassas in July of 1861.

On the return trip, I ran along a trail at the edge of the field near Matthews Hill. I took the above photo of a wood fence line which is a common sight throughout the park.

Returning to Bull Run, it is evident that the snow is starting to rapidly melt. Instead of light snow drifting down from the trees, water drops begin to hit me on the last mile of my run.

One parting shot from the parking lot at the Stone Bridge. The snow is rapidly melting in the bright sun but not in the shade of the trees in the background. By afternoon, all of the snow was melted.

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