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Bull Run Mountain Green Loop [CLOSED]

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Bull Run Mountains Natural Area Preserve

Bull Run Mountain Green Loop [CLOSED] is a 3.7 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Broad Run, Virginia that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, running, and nature trips and is best used from March until November.

Distance: 3.7 miles Elevation Gain: 472 feet Route Type: Loop

kid friendly

hiking

nature trips

walking

running

forest

river

wildlife

closed

historic site

no dogs

Users have reported this trail has a temporary closure due to COVID-19. Please see the park's website for up to date information. The Preserve is open FRIDAY - SUNDAY year-round. March 16th – November 14th: 8:00am – 6:00pm November 15th – March 15th: 8:00am – 4:30pm The trail here reflects the new route for the larger loop in the area. This trail brings you through several different ecosystems on the Preserve and passes several cultural sites of note along the way. 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. While you cannot reach the Chapman's Mill property from the Preserve's trail system, there is a point along the southwest portion of the Green Trail where you can see down onto the Mill. 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
closed
1 month ago

Currently closed

hiking
2 months ago

Really enjoyed this trail. So glad no dogs! Only saw one old building’s fireplace and the shale quarry. Lots of quartz rocks and tree roots across the trail so not good to jog. The the red trail which is not very steep is very pretty even when there’s just mostly Wintery views. Greening up near the lower part. The info building is closed for the Covid-19 decree. But though handy I do think they should close the porta potties since we have social distancing at 6 feet apart and must touch the doors.

3 months ago

It's unfortunate that a lot of reviews on here (not so much recently, but still affecting the ratings) are so negative- people need to understand the difference between a natural area preserve and a park. Dogs aren't allowed because they can spread unwanted (invasive) plant seeds in their fur, they can disrupt wildlife, and people honestly can't be trusted to keep them on a leash (you know who you are). As for the overlook- it was closed because 1) it's not actually preserve property- it's private, and 2) the amount of trash, graffiti, and damage to the habitat that happened as a result of it being accessible was not sustainable. Again, it's a PRESERVE- not a picnic area. You can't blame VOF for managing their land with the environment in mind. They are doing the right thing. If you want an overlook, drive a few more miles to Sky Meadows or go for a hike in Shenandoah. I think the Preserve is a fantastic place to go hiking and get away from the noise. It's beautiful, it's quiet, and it's free- perfect!

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muddy
rocky
3 months ago

Great trail with lots of homesteads to see and explore. Around mile 3 the trail blazes turn to yellow and can be confusing.

hiking
muddy
3 months ago

Nice trail lots of old buildings, very interesting. Trails weren’t blazed that well but it was easy enough to figure out.

hiking
rocky
3 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

Well-marked trail. Fairly easy loop with slight elevation changes. Really loved all the abandoned homesteads along the trail.

hiking
3 months ago

Fairly easy 3.5 mile loop. Peaceful once you get away from 66. Not part of the green loop Fern trail, but just be aware as others have noted, the Ridge Trail is closed indefinitely.

hiking
3 months ago

Nice winter time hike. Didn't have to worry about snakes this time around. It was a little soupy at spots from the recent rain but was a nice trail that was nicely marked with several things to stop and check out along the way. Very easy hike.

hiking
3 months ago

A nice easy trail with nice views of creeks and a few old buildings. It was very well marked and very clean

hiking
4 months ago

This trail was great Lil easy hike instead of always doing the extreme hikes normally done. Truly advise to do on down day.

recorded Bull Run Mountain Green Loop

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muddy
rocky
4 months ago

hiking
5 months ago

Great easy hike. Lots of cool old building along the trail.

6 months ago

Will have to hike again

hiking
blowdown
6 months ago

6 months ago

Justin....man up dude

hiking
rocky
8 months ago

Great hike. Well marked trails. Good coverage from sun. Use caution in rocky areas. Lots of tree roots on the trail. Both have some trip hazards, so pay attention. Overall an enjoyable hike.

hiking
over grown
rocky
8 months ago

Great trail. Mildly challenging.

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bugs
over grown
9 months ago

hiking
over grown
10 months ago

hiking
10 months ago

Used to really enjoy this trail and was coming here for years. The last 3 times we've come though we've been made to feel very uncomfortable. It seems they now keep a cop stationed here 24/7 which we wouldn't have an issue with... except he checks every car that pulls in and doesn't wait for you to actually leave your car first. We pull in, park, and he immediately starts checking your plates, registration, and driver's license. For the record we don't own a sketchy car. We own a standard size SUV crossover, factory specs with no modifications, not even tint on the windows. If you ask the cop if there's anything you can do to help him he's kind of gruff. It'd have been no big deal if it had happened once or twice over the span of a few months or even during the same month but the same exact cop has done this to us all three times we've been there. It leaves us feeling very unwelcome and like the guard on duty wants to find something to have a problem over. Needless to say we're going to be moving onto other parks.

hiking
10 months ago

I am reading about people turning back due to trail conditions. People saying they cannot hike this trail. I am confused by this. This trail is not difficult at all. it is extremely well marked. and terrain is not very rough. I use this trail to run and no area are too difficult. Not sure how people cannot walk it. There is not very much to see, with the overlook closed. this is just a good place to get in a decent walk outside. Good for some animals, lizards and flowers.

hiking
bugs
muddy
11 months ago

over grown
washed out
Mon May 27 2019

Only made it about 1/2 a mile in before we turned back. Trail is narrow and a bit over grown. What turned us back was a Copperhead on the trail (pic attached). My wife didn't see him and walked right by which startled him/ woke him up. I tried to wait him out. Had to get by and the brush was really thick so I couldn't really go around so I used my backpack as a shield which he did strike at. Puckered me up. We took the train tracks back to the trail head. Will give this trail another try after picking up snake gaiters. The reason we turned back is because we got lucky not getting bit by this guy. There could have been more snakes that we wouldn't see til it's too late due to the narrow trail and it being over grown a bit. Maybe it will be a good winter hike.

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