Surrounding Ball's Bluff National Cemetery, this regional park preserves the site of the Battle of Ball's Bluff, the first Civil War engagement to take place in Loudoun County. Hiking trails and interpretive signs aid in understanding this important and tragic part of American history.

 

Ball’s Bluff Battlefield Restoration Program

   
About 2004, the Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority embarked on what is now known as the Ball’s Bluff Battlefield Restoration Program. The purpose of the program is to return the Battlefield to its appearance in October 1861 when the final battle was fought there and to make battlefield interpretation efforts more effective.
Ball's Bluff Battlefield in 1886 -
National Cemetery in the background

The first phase of the effort started with under-brushing the forested areas on the 12 acre portion of the area where the the last phase of the battle took place on October 21, 1861. In January 2010, we began a major tree cutting effort to clear most of the trees from the same 12 acre area. The tree tops and brush were ground into mulch that was used on park trails. The merchantable timber was harvested and sent to a local saw mill where the logs were turned into lumber for use at Ball’s Bluff and other parks within the Northern Virginia Regional Park system. Tree tops and other wood were also turned into firewood. 
 

Ball's Bluff Battlefield Regional Park Trail Map

Ball's Bluff Battle Map

Civil War Area Sites

CLICK HERE DOWNLOAD YOUR FREE BALLS BLUFF SELF GUIDED AUDIO TOUR (Files are zipped, user must have unzip software to download)

Directions: To reach Ball's Bluff Battlefield Regional Park, take Route 7 west toward Leesburg, then Route 15 Bypass north. Turn right on Battlefield Parkway and left on Ball's Bluff Road. The park is located at the end of the street.

The Journey Through Hallowed Ground Partnership is a non-profit, four-state partnership dedicated to raising awareness of the unparalleled American heritage in a region running from Gettysburg, PA to Jefferson's Monticello, VA. With more history than other region in the nation, the JTHG was recognized by Congress as a National Heritage Area and offers educational programs for students of all ages.

As part of the JTHG Partnership's nationally recognized, award winning service learning program, the 7th grade students from Smart’s Mill Middle School in Loudoun County, VA spent a semester researching the history of their community during the October 1861 Civil War Battle of Balls Bluff, then scripted, acted, filmed, and edited six mini-movies, or Vodcasts. These remarkable works are now a permanent record of the the community's heritage.
Click here to watch Vodcasts by Smarts Mill Middle School.

   
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