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Bull Run Mountains Natural Area Preserve
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Bull Run Mountains Natural Area Preserve


Bull Run Mountains Natural Area Preserve occupies a series of rocky ridges and steep valleys on Virginia's northern piedmont. Straddling Fauquier and Prince William Counties, the preserve's 2486 acres are owned by the Virginia Outdoors Foundation, a state-supported organization dedicated to protecting open space across the Commonwealth. The preserve harbors outstanding examples of several forest and woodland community types, including some that are rare in Virginia. Other interesting communities occupy white quartzite cliffs and the boulder fields beneath them on High Point Mountain near the southern end of the preserve. The site was dedicated as a Natural Area Preserve in 2002.

Virginia Outdoors Foundation maintains public access facilities at the southern end of the preserve, including hiking trails and parking. Trail management assistance is provided by the Potomac Appalachian Trail Club (PATC). Volunteer opportunities to assist with trail upkeep are available through PATC. For more information, visit The Bull Run Mountains Conservancy (BRMC) conducts interpretive and environmental education programs on the preserve and other nearby locations. For details, visit their website at

For additional information about the preserve, visit or contact:

Amanda Scheps
Owned Lands Manager
Virginia Outdoors Foundation
(540) 347-7727

Robert Stuart
Preserve Ranger
Virginia Outdoors Foundation
(540) 422-1309
Fauquier, Prince William
2486 acres
800 acres with six miles of trails are open to the public. The trailhead is reached from Beverly Mill Drive in Broad Run. Public use guidelines are posted.
Mike Lott, Northern Region Steward
Department of Conservation and Recreation
Division of Natural Heritage
Stafford, VA 22555
(540) 658-8690.