Bull Run Mountain Quarry Trail is a 4.6 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Broad Run, VA that features a great forest setting and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and birding and is accessible year-round.
Spectacular views, enchanting creek, and solitude. The Bull Run Mountains are the most easterly chain in the Piedmont, and they protect the headwaters of two major watersheds: Occoquan and Goose Creek. Seven perennial streams originate in the mountains. Approximately 45 miles from Washington, D.C., the mountains are part of an important greenbelt around the nation's capital and are vital because of their proximity to ever-increasing population and development. The Bull Run Mountains are composed of rock masses of metamorphic sandstones called quartzite. They are remnants of an earlier erosion cycle that occurred when the whole Piedmont was level with their summits. The Bull Run Mountains' varied elevation, topography, soils, and hydrology contribute to a great diversity of habitats and species. These ridges provide an isolated, rugged highland terrain within the generally lowland piedmont.
FYI, dogs are NOT permitted on this trail
There are 5 trails with 4 being rated easy and one moderate (green). Good for the family. Slightly muddy.
Great mix of terrain; good for families
This is a great place to hike with many variations in the trail. While none of the trails are extraordinarily difficult, they do provide several attributes that make it more interesting, such as small ravines, tree roots, rocky paths, and fallen tree trunks. It's usually very quiet with not too many fellow hikers, but not too few as to make the hike eerie and creepy. This is definitely one of my favorite places to hike in the NOVA area thus far! You don't get the swarms of people like you do at Great Falls or some of the other more popular spots.
Great hiking, easy going, my three year old daughter loved it! Would have been better and more challenging if the top part/ overlook wasn't closed.
Really enjoyed exploring the mill and surrounding trails. Great, easy hiking with tons of history, well maintained trails and beautiful views.
Really beautiful setting and well maintained. Part of the trail was closed for renovation which was a bit of a bummer, but over all it was a good workout and my family had a good time.
Honeysuckle and Mountain Laurel awakened by senses. Even though the trailhead is right at 66 the noise subsided with minutes. The fern walk introduces all the varieties. Gentle creeks rippling through the trails, birds sing and gentle winds. Moderate yes. Will return yes
One of my son and I favorite parks--versatile, easy to access... I recommend giving it multiple visits during the different seasons.
shame they had to close this... hopefully once the trail repairs itself it will open up again.
one of our favorite hikes, no small effort, but definitely a great beginner hike for kids to an amazing payoff of an overlook. even you don't go to the top, there are a lot of great loops and a ton of really cool historical markers including the old mill and 150+ year old graveyards.
Trail beyond the Conservancy property to the overlook is closed.
This is one of my favorite hiking areas in Northern Virginia because of its convenient location and the ability to tailor a hike that suites your time constraints.
A large network of trails wind through the property, which is maintained by the Bull Run Mountain Conservancy. This means you can plan an easy hike with the kids that will take less than an hour, or you can plan to spend 4-5 hours winding through the trails. Unfortunately, since they've closed the trail that leads up to the cliffs, some of the difficulty has been taken out of this area.
A number of ruins, old graveyards, and Civil War historic markers dot the trails and make it an appealing adventure for occasional hikers or nature walkers.
The appeal of this location means it's frequently crowded on weekends, so arrive early. Also, some of the trails get rather muddy after a good rainstorm, so plan your footwear accordingly.
The top part of the trail is still closed off and we actually got off the trail a number of times onto other trails. So, if you want to stay on a particular trail, it's a little tricky, but if you just want to have a great afternoon criss-crossing around the mountain, it's great! Not hard or technical, but anough ups/downs/obstacles to make it fun. I've been there a number of times, and each time see something new. Yesterday we ran across an old family cemetery from the 1800s! My son and I covered 5.1 miles in 1hour 40 minutes -- with lots of stops for pictures and looking at spiders, etc. There's great canopy coverage so even though it was a sunny day it was very pleasant on the trail. The trails are well maintained and there are blazes which are easy enough to see. This is a trail system worth doing at different times of year because the experience changes completely! The only bummer to me is that there are no dogs allowed. This would be a perfect hike for the pooches!