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Hike 22: Civil War Battlefield at Balls Bluff Regional Park


The trails at Balls Bluff are defined by generally level terrain with several short, somewhat steep, ascents. The battlefield was the site of a small but consequential and disastrous Union defeat in the first year of the Civil War. Stop for lunch near the third smallest national cemetery, surrounded by interpretive signs. Find more information about the Balls Bluff at:’s-bluff-battlefield. Directions for recommended route (5.0 miles, 1300' ascent): (1) Begin at southbound entrance for Red Trail; Left at junction with Green Trail. (2) Right onto Blue Trail at junction with Red Trail; continue. (3) Right onto Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail where Blue Trail ends – Teal. (4) Right onto Pink Trail – easy to miss. (5) Right onto Orange Trail where Pink Trail ends. (6) Left onto White Trail. (7) Right onto unblazed trail; continue. (8) Left onto Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail; continue. (9) Right onto unblazed trail down to and from river view. (10) Right onto Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail; continue. (11) Left onto Marko Trail – White; read interpretive signs counterclockwise and lunch around cemetery. (12). Take Orange Trail to Balls Bluff Overlook; continue on Orange Trail left of overlook. (13) Continue straight on unblazed trail when Orange Trail turns sharply back. (14) Left onto Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail – Teal; Right on unblazed road to view Harrison Island and retrace to continue on Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail. (15) Right onto Blue Trail to view of Catoctin and Sugarloaf Mountains; retrace and continue on Blue Trail. (16) Right onto Orange Trail where Blue Trail ends. (17) Straight onto gravel road towards parking onto old asphalt road behind metal gate. (18) Straight on Green Trail; continue. (19) Left on Red Trail to return to parking lot. Through volunteer efforts, education and advocacy, the Potomac Appalachian Trail Club (PATC) maintains and protects a section of the Appalachian Trail, in addition to the Tuscarora and other nearby trails and trail lands, in the Mid-Atlantic region for the enjoyment of present and future hikers. Visit to learn more about our mission and find volunteer opportunities. PATC expressly disclaims responsibility for the condition or location of trails, features, or facilities shown on this map, or for occurrences on them, at any time whatsoever. Reasonable efforts have been made to ensure the accuracy of this map, but users are requested to report map corrections and trail information to This map was originally published as part of a printed guidebook, comprised of 70 numbered hikes, crafted for the 2015 ATC Biennial Conference.

Price: $ 0.99 USD

Vendor: Potomac Appalachian Trail Club, Inc.

Category: Historical

Activities: Hiking

Published: 2015-July

Language: English

Size: 9.7 MB

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