Bull Run Mountains Natural Area Preserve, Broad Run

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#49 of 86 in Wildlife in Virginia
Bull Run Mountains Natural Area Preserve is a 2,486-acre (10.06 km2) Natural Area Preserve located along the Bull Run Mountains in Fauquier and Prince William counties, Virginia. Dedicated in 2002, the majority of the preserve is owned and operated by the Virginia Outdoors Foundation (VOF). It harbors a number of outstanding natural community types, some of which are rare in the Commonwealth. There are also quartzite cliffs and boulder fields around High Point Mountain within the preserve's boundaries.
While most of the preserve is prioritized for scientific and educational activities, the Virginia Outdoors Foundation keeps 800 acres of the preserve open to the public on Friday-Sunday (8am-6pm) for low-impact uses such as hiking and wildlife observation. On November 25, 2014, the Virginia Outdoors Foundation announced that the private landowner of the High Point cliff area on the preserve would close the cliffs to the public for an indefinite period of recovery and restoration, starting January 15, 2015.
The preserve is part of the Virginia Outdoors Foundation's Bull Run Mountains Special Project Area, which encompasses 12,800 acres (52 km2).
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  • This is a hidden gem close to Washington, DC for hiking. The trails are natural and the low areas can be muddy after a rainstorm. Good hiking shoes are recommended. For a nice time out, plan on...  more »
  • By doing the walking tour of the Bull Run battlefield, immediately, you realize how small a battlefield Bull Run was. Standing at various points on the battlefield, you can visualize the standing...  more »

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