The Bull Run Mountains Natural Area Preserve features several easy to moderate trails that showcase both the ecology and history of the property. Here you will find descriptions of the trails, as well as a one-page printable trail map.
This loop passes through excellent examples of a fern hollow and the laurel thickets that are found on the Bull Run Mountains. It also takes you past the ruins of the original mill operating on this site.
Length: 3.25 miles
Explore the cultural history of the preserve. Pass structures from the Colonial and Civil War eras and an historic quarry trench that featured in the Battle of Thoroughfare Gap (August 1862).
Difficulty: Easy to Moderate
Length: 1.75 miles
A pleasant walk with minimal changes in elevation. The trail provides nice views of Catlett’s Branch. It is a particularly nice hike for younger children.
Length: 1 mile + .35 mile from the trailhead
This spur trail follows a beautiful segment Catlett’s Branch, but does not cross it. The course of this stream is very dynamic and changes almost yearly.
Length: .25 miles
This trail leads to an outdoor classroom area.
Length: .5 miles