Bull Run Mountain Quarry Trail

MODERATE 132 reviews

Bull Run Mountain Quarry Trail is a 4.6 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Broad Run, Virginia that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until November.

DISTANCE
4.6 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
935 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

muddy

no dogs

Trail is prone to seasonal closures, please call ahead to confirm that it is open. 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.

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2 months ago

this was very hard to follow. this particular image is of the green trail (or should I say NEW green trail). the original trail up to the cliffs has been closed since 2015. this new trail crosses several other trails and is not clearly marked or well maintained. several trees down and had to walk through the river several times. paths to the old Mill all closed yet you can see it from a distance. all information plaques about Mill and well taken down. I missed the cemeteries as they are on the red trail. VERY DISAPPOINTING

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2 months ago

Good moderate hike.

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2 months ago

The beginning and end of the green trail we were flooded with mosquitos and sounds of 66. But the other 3/4 of the trail were peaceful and lovely. Lots of birds and chirping bugs. We were also visited by a darling fawn. Nice morning.

2 months ago

Closed during the week. They need to get it together out here. Website says open they they are closed. very annoying.

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3 months ago

Closed, again.

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5 months ago

We drove out to this trail because we were looking for a moderately long hike (4-6 miles) with a fair amount of elevation (700-1000 ft). The trail was interesting but just as it started to get somewhat strenuous (what we were hoping for), we ran into a "trail closed" sign. The highest parts of the trail -- the part that takes you to the top of the mountain -- is closed. It was disappointing. The lesson here is always call the park service to make sure the status of the trails beforehand.

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5 months ago

Trail was good for young kids, but parts of the trails were closed.