Bull Run Mountains State Natural Area Preserve
Bull Run Mountains Conservancy, Inc.
Welcome to the 2,500-acre Bull Run Mountains State Natural Area Preserve owned by the Virginia Outdoors Foundation (VOF), an agency of the Commonwealth. VOF leases 800 acres to Bull Run Mountains Conservancy, Inc. (BRMC), for the purpose of environmental and historical education, research, natural resource management, and public access. We invite you to explore and enjoy the beauty of the mountains. The following guidelines encourage safe public access while preserving the natural features and characteristics of the land.
WAIVER OF LIABILITY
- All non-members must complete a Waiver of Liability form for each visit to the natural area. BRMC member's waivers are kept on file.
People under 18 years of age must have a waiver executed on their behalf by their parent or guardian.
Waiver forms are available on our Web site at www.brmconservancy.org, at the natural area's trailhead kiosk, or by calling Bull Run Mountains Conservancy at (703) 753-2631.
- Access is by foot only from dawn until dusk. For your safety, cars parked after dark are reported to the Prince William County Police.
- All visitors must keep to the trails and designated use areas. The boundaries are posted. Please respect our neighbors. Park and hike in designated areas only. Beverley's Mill is NOT part of the natural area's property.
- BICYCLES, MOTORIZED VEHICLES, HORSES, CAMPING, FIRES, HUNTING, CLIMBING, and PETS are NOT ALLOWED in the natural area.
- Alcoholic beverages are prohibited.
- Open possession or use of firearms, airguns, or explosives is prohibited
- Collection of or disturbing plants, animals, and artifacts is prohibited — nothing may be removed from the natural area.
- Help preserve nature — PLEASE DON'T LITTER! This includes cigarette butts! PACK IT OUT!
- Recycling bins are located near the main trailhead kiosk.
- CLick here for our Geocaching Policy
- You must park in the parking area in front of the Mountain House, the stone house opposite the main trailhead on Beverley Mill Drive. All other areas must be kept clear for emergency vehicle and railroad employee access.
- Please arrange group visits in advance by calling the BRMC office at (703) 753-2631.
- For groups of 10 or more, the suggested donation is $5 per person.
- Maximum group size is 30 people.
- We have naturalists on staff to guide and interpret. Ask about our interpretive programs for all age levels.
- Group leaders are responsible for the behavior and safety of the entire group. Leaders must review these USE GUIDELINES with participants prior to arrival on the site, then again when first entering the site.
- CARRY WATER WITH YOU.
The mountain's streams and springs have not been tested for human consumption.
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- Railroad — There is an active freight rail line on the property. The train approaches the trailhead around blind bends. STOP, LOOK and LISTEN! Youth groups should proceed with an adult chaperone leading the group, and another adult chaperone behind the group.
Do not walk on the tracks. It is dangerous and illegal.
- Snakes — It is unlawful to destroy or harm rattlesnakes in any way.
The natural area is home to a small number of timber rattlesnakes and copperheads. These snakes can be found anywhere, but are most prevalent in rocky outcroppings. Avoid reaching under ledges, logs, crevices, or anywhere else you cannot see.