Tornado Temporarily Closes Trails
BRMNAP sustained damage from wind and downed trees after a tornado touched down on the property on Friday, August 11. The trails are closed while we assess damage and will be reopened once the conditions are deemed safe.
Following a winter closure, the Virginia Outdoors Foundation reopened the Bull Run Mountains Natural Area Preserve on April 15 for hiking and educational programs. The preserve hours of operation for the season are Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. The High Point cliff area as described below will remain closed for a restoration process overseen by the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation.
New Green Loop Trail
High Point Area Restoration
The privately owned High Point overlook area and VOF’s trails leading to that area are currently closed for restoration, as excessive use in recent years has led to significant vegetation loss, erosion issues and degradation of the rare natural communities. The closure took effect on January 15, 2015. The Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation’s Division of Natural Heritage designed a restoration plan that began on May 1, 2015. Avoiding disturbance in this sensitive area will help to assure future access. The restoration area is now being monitored and updates on its progress will be posted periodically. More details on the closure can be found here.