Bull Run Mountains State Natural Area Preserve! A Moderate 5-Mile Hike with Optional Picnic and Wine Tasting at the Winery at La Grange
Bull Run Mountains State Natural Area Preserve combines the beauty of mountainous woodlands with a rich historical backdrop. Broad Run breaches the mountain at Thoroughfare Gap, and in colonial times, it served as a vital passageway between Shenandoah Valley farms and the Port of Alexandria. Here, too, Civil War troops passed en route to landmark battles at nearby Manassas. Bull Run's wooded slopes and lush cove forests are quieter now, making them ideal for exploring!
The Bull Run Mountains Conservancy manages 800 acres of the preserve, and volunteers to maintain a network of trails that rise to spectacular west-facing quartzite cliffs, as well as probe the coves where remains of settlers’ homes and their cemeteries await the intrepid explorer.
Transition from Moderate to Strenuous Level Hiking
This hike is a 5-mile trek up and down a number of manageable hillsides. Our route combined with the mileage makes this hike an excellent choice to see if you are ready to move on to more challenging hikes. The first 2 miles is a long uphill climb up the mountain* and the cumulative elevation gain is 674 ft. As a reward, once at the top, we will go to High Top Overlook to enjoy its spectacular view of the VA Valley..*
* The High Point cliff area on the Bull Run Mountains Natural Area Preserve will be closed for an indefinite period of recovery and restoration starting January 15, 2015. The cliff area at High Point is a particularly fragile and significant natural community known as a Pine-Oak / Heath Woodland. Both the vegetation and the geological formation that supports it represent significant natural resources in Virginia that have been damaged by trampling, and, sensitive species such as the eastern timber rattlesnake and the Table Mountain Pine have been disturbed by high numbers of visitors. Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group regularly donates (currently we are a Benefactor) to the Bull Run Mountains Conservancy, Inc. (BRMC). Additionally, several MAHG members volunteer to help them in their efforts to improve and maintain the trail system on the Mountains, and it is always good times! (To join in the fun, just RSVP for the next one posted on the MAHG calendar).
Nearby City: Broad Run, VA
Length: 5 miles
Trail Type: Modified Loops
Skill Level: Moderate
Scenery: Hilly Woodlands, with sweeping cliff-top vistas of Piedmont farmlands and Blue Ridge.
Exposure: Shady; less so in winter
Trail Surface: Mostly dirt or grass, with stretches of pavement and gravel; rocky in places. There are two minor stream crossings.
Facilities There is a Port-0-John near the Chapman’s Mill site.
Elevation Gain: 674 Feet
Maps: USGS Thoroughfare Gap; trail map available at Trailhead.
Access: There is a required waiver (a short form) that must be completed by every individual who will be hiking at this most special location. You have a couple of options as to when you complete the short and necessary form. Option 1. Obtain the waiver at the hike, fill out the form and deposit it in the designated area at the trailhead kiosk across from Mountain House. Option 2. Click Here (http://brmconservancy.org/waiver_of_liability.html)to access the form online so you can print it and fill it out in advance to bring with you.
Park Entry Fee
There is no park entrance fee. There is a required waiver (a short form) that must be completed by every individual who will be hiking at this most special location. You have a couple of options as to when you complete the short and necessary form. Option 1. Obtain the waiver at the hike, fill out the form and deposit it in the designated area at the trailhead kiosk across from Mountain House.
Option 2. Click Here (http://brmconservancy.org/waiver_of_liability.html)to access the form online so you can print it and fill it out in advance to bring with you.
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We hike rain or shine. Click Here (http://www.weather.com/weather/today/USVA0095) to view the forecast for the area where we will be hiking.
The goal for this hike is to maintain an average moving pace of ~ 2.5 mph. This speed is frequently used in popular hiking publications to represent the pace of an average hiker. We welcome you to please sign up for another hike if you know that this is not a comfortable pace for you. We strive to offer a variety of hikes and pace options so we can always have something for everyone no matter their interest and ability.
Our RSVP and Group Etiquette
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Carpool Suggestions and Information
Note that you are responsible for knowing how to get from carpool locations to the venue. Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group is not responsible for transportation to and from events or carpools. Suggested carpool times and places are provided as a courtesy because many members are either new to the area or unfamiliar with a particular hike or venues location. Please use the 'Comments' section below, or reach out via e-mail to make arrangements for carpooling needs and offerings.
Baltimore Area Carpool Suggestion - Savage Station
To carpool or caravan from the Baltimore area, people can arrange to meet at Savage Station. Click Here (http://www.meetup.com/Maryland-Hiking/pages/Carpool_Directions_for_Savage_Station/) for directions and additional information regarding carpooling from the suggested Savage Station location.
DC Area Carpool Suggestion - Centreville
To carpool or caravan from the metro DC area, people can arrange to meet at the Centreville Park and Ride. Click Here (http://www.meetup.com/Maryland-Hiking/pages/Directions_to_Centerville_Park_and_Ride_Carpool/) for directions and additional information regarding carpooling from the suggested Centreville Park and Ride location.
(Metro) VA East Area Carpool Suggestion - Vienna/Fairfax Area METRO Station
To carpool or caravan from Vienna/Fairfax area, people can arrange to meet at the Fairfax Area METRO Station. Click Here (http://www.meetup.com/Mid-Atlantic-Hiking-Group/pages/Directions_to_Vienna-Fairfax_Metro_Station/) for directions and additional information regarding carpooling from the suggested Vienna/Fairfax Metro Station location.
If you can drive or want to carpool from additional locations, please post your location and needs in the comment section below. Click Here (http://www.meetup.com/Mid-Atlantic-Hiking-Group/pages/Suggested_Carpool_Locations/?name=Suggested_Carpool_Locations) for a list of suggested carpool locations complete with directions and other details including other carpool information. For those who need a ride, reach out to the drivers. Make friends, and support the environment — by just offering a ride!
Post Hike Picnic at The Winery at La Grange
Let's have a Picnic Lunch and Wine at The Winery at La Grange. This is a beautiful winery with lots of seating outside and inside. I have verified they allow you to bring your own food, however, you must purchase the wine from the Winery. If you are going to bring perishable food, please make sure you put it in a cooler with ample ice. Click Here (http://www.wineryatlagrange.com/) to view the Winery at La Grange website.
Directions to the Trailhead
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Meet & Greet and Sign-In — 9:45-9:55 a.m.
The Hike is at 10:00 a.m.
Carpool Time from Savage Station — 8:30 a.m.
Carpool Time from Centreville Park and Ride — 9:15 a.m.
Carpool Time from Vienna/Fairfax Metro — 9:00 a.m.
Please remember that Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group values fellowship and camaraderie while practicing good hike etiquette (http://midatlantichikinggroup.org/hike-and-trail-etiquette.html)and Leave No Trace (http://midatlantichikinggroup.org/leave-no-trace.html) principles. Our excursions are led by qualified, generous, dedicated MAHG constituents who graciously volunteer (http://www.meetup.com/Mid-Atlantic-Hiking-Group/pages/9595722/How_To_Join_Our_Leadership_Team!/) their valuable time to serve on Mid-Atlantic Hiking Groups leadership team. Hikes also have a volunteer “sweeper” to help ensure that no hiker is left behind. MAHG volunteers and members are very supportive, encouraging, with a focus on safety first and foremost while enjoying the excellent camaraderie and benefiting from the many health benefits of hiking and unplugging from the stress of day-to-day life. Sharing what we know and learning from each other is an important part of MAHGs core values, as is our dedication to the conservation of our natural resources and our commitment to the organization's mission (http://midatlantichikinggroup.org/). Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group is a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) nonprofit charity, (http://midatlantichikinggroup.org/mahg-charity.html) and donations ARE tax deductible (http://midatlantichikinggroup.org/donate.html). Tax ID:[masked] (http://midatlantichikinggroup.org/mahg-charity.html).
Fido is Not Allowed on this Hike Due to the Nature Conservancy Nationwide Policy Prohibiting Pets on All Preserves
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