Winter closure announcement for Bull Run Mountains NAP

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 William 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.

Questions about the closure and VOF’s management activities on the preserve may be directed to Amanda Scheps, (540) 347-6232, ascheps@vofonline.org.

During the closure, hikers and nature lovers can find nearby alternative destinations:

Manassas Battlefield National Park: 5,000 acres with 40+ miles of hiking trails.

Conway-Robinson State Forest: 444 acres with 5 miles of hiking trails.

Sky Meadows State Park: 1,864 acres with 24 miles of hiking trails. Fee to park.

Wildcat Mountain Natural Area: 655 acres with a 3-mile, moderate-to-difficult hike. Dogs are not allowed.

James S. Long Regional Park, Silver Lake Park, and other Prince William County parks

Jason McGarvey is VOF’s communications and outreach manager. He is based in the Richmond office.