Trail Discovery for Kids: Stone Bridge Loop Trail

Hike Information

  • 1.1 mile circuit hike on a wide trail with crushed gravel and raised wooden walkways.
  • The hike has one moderate hill to ascend and descend, hiking clockwise or counter-clockwise.
  • Each has steps that are widely spaced.
  • After the Stone Bridge, turn right or left to start the circuit hike.
  • An extra 1/4 of a mile may be added to the hike past the Van Pelt Site along the field to Bull Run (hiking counter-clockwise).
  • Hike both in the woods and open field.
  • Trailhead and parking lot on Rt. 29 two miles east of Sudley Rd.
  • Link to the trail map.

Age Appropriateness

  • This circuit hike is appropriate for all ages because it is short and jogging stroller passable for toddlers. However, it can be a section of a longer hike for children elementary age and older.

What is fun for kids?

  • Easy access to Bull Run to play in the stream or throw rocks.
  • Great Civil War interpretive signs of the First Battle of Manassas. Being able to use the natural environment to play act the battle.
  • Activities in the Park: Stone House, Henry House, and the museum and movie about the Civil War at the Visitor’s Center.


  • No bathrooms at the trailhead/parking lot.

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