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 and managed by the Virginia Outdoors Foundation (VOF), an agency of the Commonwealth. Bull Run Mountains Conservancy, Inc. (BRMC) is a nonprofit 501 (c) (3) organization founded in 1994 to protect the Bull Run Mountains through education, research, and stewardship. 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.
- 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!
- You must park in the designated parking area. All other areas must be kept clear for emergency vehicle and railroad employee access. There is a Port-a-John at the parking lot.
- 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.