Bull Run Mountain Loop

MODERATE 10 reviews

Bull Run Mountain Loop is a 4.3 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Broad Run, VA that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible from March until November.

4.3 miles 758 feet Loop

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

no dogs

Chapman's Mill was built in 1742 by Jonathan and Nathaniel Chapman, a father/son partnership from an enterprising, well-connected colonial family. Enlarged in 1758, the mill became a prosperous gristmill that fostered the development of the Shenandoah Valley as a wheat and corn producing region for the next one hundred years. Chapman's mill is pretty amazing, still lots of gears and things to see inside and a small river nearby. Starting on the trail, do it clockwise so you can get the uphill portion done first. Hike up towards the ridgeline, then back down passing through 2 stream crossings at most. You will see the remains of a civil war rail house with an ice hole nearby. Then comes a few other buildings, one with quite a bit of artifacts inside including a 1940-1950's refrigerator. Hiking up the hill to the ridge line produces a nice view of the other side.... plenty of rocks to sit on for lunch. Turning back downhill, you come across an old cabin homestead on the left hand side. There is small machinery close by to look at also. Once you get back on the road, you hike back to your original trailhead parking lot.

hiking
21 days ago

2016-2017 WINTER CLOSURE ANNOUNCEMENT: As part of ongoing property management and maintenance efforts, the Virginia Outdoors Foundation will be closing public access to the Bull Run Mountains Natural Area Preserve in Fauquier and Prince Williams counties for the winter season starting on December 1.

VOF will use the closure as an opportunity to improve the preserve’s wayfinding and interpretive signs, conduct deer management activities, and address erosion on trails, which are especially vulnerable during the winter months.

The need for more active management of the preserve has increased in recent years as the number of visitors to the preserve has grown. Although the preserve offers hiking trails, its primary purpose as a state-designated Natural Area Preserve is the protection of rare plants, animals and natural communities. Active management is necessary to ensure that recreational use of the property does not impair these sensitive ecological resources.

VOF expects to re-open the preserve in early spring, but has not yet set a date. Updates on the closure and the anticipated re-opening date can be found on the foundation’s website: www.vofonline.org

30 days ago

hiking
3 months ago

Advertised as "Moderate", but I would rate easy. On a scale of 1 to 10, a 3. I am 60 years old and 40 pounds overweight; hiked it on 8-20-2016 between 1000-1100, temperature was about 85 degrees. Pretty easy trail (my first time hiking), I would give it a 2 except there are loose rocks and roots that you could trip or sprain an ankle. I did feel a little burn in my calves at the 3/4-1 mile point, just before the peak of the hill.

Nice scenery once you get away from the noise of Rt66. Saw some deer. Used my Garmin watch to time the trip...round trip from my car and back took about 40 minutes and was almost exactly 2 miles.

2 years ago

I decided to take a brave adventure and make the drive to check this out. The weather was perfect! This area is definitely in my top 3 of favorite places to hike. Everything from the scenery, to the trail terrain, the inclines and elevation was constantly different and changing up. You will not be bored. The ONLY complaint I do have, is the map that is offered on the IPHONE everytrail app is a little confusing and not accurate at times. I did get turned around near point 11, and they were off slightly. I would print off the paper map on the website so you do not get lost.
Fantastic trail!

2 years ago

I decided to take a brave adventure and make the drive to check this out. The weather was perfect! This area is definitely in my top 3 of favorite places to hike. Everything from the scenery, to the trail terrain, the inclines and elevation was constantly different and changing up. You will not be bored. The ONLY complaint I do have, is the map that is offered on the IPHONE everytrail app is a little confusing and not accurate at times. I did get turned around near point 11, and they were off slightly. I would print off the paper map on the website so you do not get lost.
Fantastic trail!

2 years ago

Very enjoyable. A fun excursion during a sunny, cool Winter's weekday - when the crowds are small. Stop in the Bull Run Mountains Conservancy visitor center to get information on what they do, then head out for a trek up to the scenic overlook. Start out on Chestnut Ridge, cross over to Dawson's trail (be sure stop by William Dawson's grave site), then take Ridge Loop trail up toward the overlook. The view is beautiful on a quiet, clear day, and you'll want to stay and take in the solitude with a small lunch or replenishment break. Come down via Chestnut Ridge trail crossing onto Fern Hollow for an opportunity to see Beverly Mill and other structures. If you want to add more distance, start at the visitor center and hike up along the road to start at East End trail, bringing Mountain road back to Dawson's trail. Enjoy the hike - and the view!

2 years ago

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3 years ago

Nice cool morning hike. Brisk pace going up got the blood flowing and the 180 degree overlook was great. Started around 10:30AM Sunday and it was not crowded for the 2 hour hike.

5 years ago

great hike! half uphill / half down.

take water.

there is a great old homestead near the eastern end of the hiking. dont miss it!

also lots of buildings towards the southwestern end.

5 years ago

tons of building to explore!