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Bull Run Mountains State Natural Area Preserve Hike

Day hike on the trails of the Bull Run Mountains State Natural Area.

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Rating: 5 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Difficulty: Moderate
Length: 6.5 miles
Duration: 1-3 hours
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Overview :  Very clearly marked trails by posts with colors and numbers. Views of the Chapman Mill Ruins, Home and Dawson's Cemetary. There is... more »

Tips:  Bring plenty of water, dress in layers in the winter, including traction gear if snow/ice. At the kiosk is a Waiver of Liability form... more »

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Points of Interest

1. Parking

Park in front of the Mountain House or along Beverley Mill Road. Do NOT block the entrance area of the trailhead (at kiosk).

2. 1. Fern Hollow Trail 0 Orange

After crossing railroad tracks, take trail to the left.

3. 2.Fern Hollow Trail - Orange

Mill Ruins

4. 3.Fern Hollow Trail - Orange

Chapman House

5. 4.Veer Right on Fern Hollow Trail - Orange

6. 9. Go left on Ridge Trail - Blue

7. 14. Go Right Ridge Loop Trail - Red

8. 13. Quarry Trail - Green

9. 10. Left on Catletts Branch Trail - Purple

On warm days, instead of turning on Catlett's Branch Trail, go through and continue on Quarry Trail - Green. You can stop for Lunch at the intersection at post #8. Then return back to post #10 and follow Catlett's Branch Trail - Purple

10. 11. Continue on Catletts Branch Trail - Purple

11. 12. Left on Mountain Road - White

12. 15. Go Right on East End Trail - Lime

13. Cross Railroad Tracks and resume trail

14. Pine Forest

15. 16. Go Right and follow road back to Parking

4.50 miles

16. Take trail on right

To add an additional 2 miles. This trail is an "Alternate Trail" and is not marked

17. 6. Follow Dawson's Trail - Yellow

18. Follow Dawson's Trail - Yellow

19. 7. Follow Dawsons's Trail - Yellow

20. Pass the Cemetary, here, we will go by it when coming down the Quarry Trail

21. 11. Go Left on Catlett's Branch Trail - Purple

22. Follow Quarry Trail - Green

23. 8. Follow Quarry Trail - Green

24. Quarry Trail

25. 5. Left on Quarry Trail

26. Quarry Trail