The Cannon Branch Fort is a historic American Civil War fortification at 10611 Gateway Boulevard in Manassas, Virginia. Details of the exact time and circumstances of its construction are not known; it is believed to have been built by Union Army forces in 1863 or 1864 to defend the nearby railroad lines.The site was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1999. It is now a city park.
Location is small. If you’re here for the trail, it’s a wavy paved path and then it turns into gravel loop and back onto the paved path you came in from. Parking lot has about 10-12 parking spots If your here to fish: they do allow it. You need a fishing license. Catch & release only. Hard spot to fish. Lots of plants/weeds in the way.
Nice relaxing place to take a quick walk on a short loop trail. I stop here often on the way home from church and rarely run into another person. Sturdy benches and garbage cans (please use them) are placed here and there along the partially paved trail. Read the sign at the trailhead to learn the history of what you'll see as you walk the trail. This trail takes from 5-10 minutes to walk depending on your pace and if you don't take a rest on a bench.
It's a historical site of low earthworks which is not obvious to persons who are unfamiliar with foxhole earthworks. There's a very short but pleasant forest walkway to a couple of benches. There's a small lake with a dam with no access allowed to the dam. People fish here occasionally. Most people just seemed to come and sit in their cars eating lunch or resting. No bathrooms.
Interesting little park with a short trail that leads to some civil war era earthworks. The earthworks themselves are pretty small, although they still remain visible. There is ample historical signage to understand the history there and overall was a peaceful walk and little known bit of Manassas history.
Quiet, out of the way, tree lined short walk.
This park is a small area. It does have some neat history behind the place though! I recommend reading the information posted on the little hut as you’re walking in. 😊
A little hidden gem in Manassas City!
Example of small fort used at Manassas. Company size. Large parking lot. Paved path. No signage. Signage is very needed .