Bull Run Mountains Natural Area Preserve


Bull Run Mountains Natural Area Preserve occupies a series of rocky ridges and steep valleys on Virginia's northern piedmont. Straddling Fauquier and Prince William Counties, the preserve's 2486 acres are owned by the Virginia Outdoors Foundation, a state-supported organization dedicated to protecting open space across the Commonwealth. The preserve harbors outstanding examples of several forest and woodland community types, including some that are rare in Virginia. Other interesting communities occupy white quartzite cliffs and the boulder fields beneath them on High Point Mountain near the southern end of the preserve. The site was dedicated as a Natural Area Preserve in 2002.


Virginia Outdoors Foundation maintains public access facilities at the southern end of the preserve, including hiking trails and parking. Trail management assistance is provided by the Potomac Appalachian Trail Club (PATC). Volunteer opportunities to assist with trail upkeep are available through PATC. The Bull Run Mountains Conservancy (BRMC) conducts interpretive and environmental education programs on the preserve and other nearby locations. 

For additional information about the preserve, visit the Virginia Outdoors Foundation or contact:

Amanda Scheps
Owned Lands Manager
Virginia Outdoors Foundation 
(540) 347-7727

Brian Laposay
Preserve Ranger
Virginia Outdoors Foundation
(540) 422-1309

Contact Bull Run Mountains Natural Area Preserve

Mike Lott, Northern Region Steward
Department of Conservation and Recreation Division of Natural Heritage
Phone: (540) 658-8690


Service Area

Services provided in:
  • Fauquier County, Virginia
  • Prince William County, Virginia

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