Bull Run Mountain Quarry Trail

MODERATE 123 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.

hiking
1 day ago

Closed, again.

hiking
13 days ago

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hiking
26 days ago

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hiking
2 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.

2 months ago

2 months ago

2 months ago

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

2 months ago

The mountain peek is closed for restoration.

backpacking
3 months ago

hiking
4 months ago

hiking
4 months ago

4 months ago

Part of the trail was closed. There were multiple versions of the map which made it confusing on where you were going. This hike is pretty easy and would be a good trail to run on.

8 months ago

hiking
8 months ago

Dogs are not allowed and VOF closes the trails too often.

9 months 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