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Bull Run Mountains Natural Area (Day Hike, 6.5 Miles, Moderate)

  • Dec 28, 2013 · 9:00 AM
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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 include outstanding examples of several forest and woodland community types, including some that are rare in Virginia.  The site was dedicated as a Natural Area Preserve in 2002. 

Our hike will pass by old mills, homesteads, family grave sites, and the main attraction...the Elvis Rock Overlook.



HIKING PACE:  Moderate (about 2 miles per hour)

ELEVATION GAIN:  1,100 feet

TRAIL TERRAIN:  Rocks, dirt



WHAT TO BRING:  Layered clothing; sturdy, broken-in hiking shoes; day pack with lunch, snacks, sunscreen, rain gear, basic first aid supplies, extra socks, and at least 2 liters of water.  If you're in the market for outdoor gear, consider supporting the group by purchasing from these online retailers.

ORGANIZER WILL PROVIDE:  Trail maps, driving directions, basic first aid kit.

DOGS ALLOWED:  No (Dog policy)

CARPOOL LOCATION:  Carpool from the Martin's in Ashland (corner of Route 1/N. Washington Hwy and Route 54/England St). (Details on carpooling)

RECOMMENDED PAYMENT TO DRIVERS:  $12, assuming 4 people per vehicle.

RETURN TIME:  3-4pm, depending on the traffic and our hiking pace.

CONTACT #:  I will email my cell number to the attendees at least one day in advance.

CANCELLATION:  If weather becomes an issue, call or check your email for updates before leaving.


NOTE: If you sign up for this hike, you will be prompted to pay $1 online via Amazon Payments.  Money will NOT be collected at the event.  Payments will be refunded in full if the event is cancelled or rescheduled.  If a waiting list forms, all wait listers will be notified via email when spots open up.  Please email Brian with any questions or concerns.





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  • Thomas W.

    Great group

    December 29, 2013

  • Diane

    Good to see everyone. The views were breathtaking.

    December 29, 2013

  • Sandra L.

    Lovely! The weather was perfect, and so was the company. :)

    1 · December 29, 2013

  • Brian

    Good news: We did find Elvis Rock! It's actually the spot where we had lunch. The picture I used in the event description should look familiar now. I did a Google image search for "Elvis Rock" and "Bull Run" to confirm. One reviewer on HikingUpward who is familiar with the trail thinks the red diamonds were removed and replaced with the fences we passed near the overlook.

    December 28, 2013

  • Brian

    Great hike! Enjoyed the company, the views, and the perfect weather.

    December 28, 2013

  • Lori

    So great to get out. Loved seeing everyone. Thanks Brian, for seeing us through!

    December 28, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    This was a wonderful hike….great people and beautiful weather...

    December 28, 2013

  • Linda L

    Beautiful day spent hiking. Really enjoyed myself and look forward to more hikes with the group!

    1 · December 28, 2013

  • Ann W

    Great day hike to wrap up 2013 for me. Enjoyed stopping to take in the beautiful scenery. Nice to see everyone. Thanks, Brian.

    1 · December 28, 2013

  • Kim

    perfect day--such a fun hike with awesome vistas!!!!!

    December 28, 2013

  • Jeff R.

    A good time - fine weather and a great location. Thanks to Brian for setting this up and leading the way!

    December 28, 2013

  • Chris M.

    I'm not going to be able to make it. Not feeling well today and still have sore toes.. Hopefully another time soon.. :)

    December 27, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    If there is still a spot for this trip I would love to join you guys.

    1 · December 27, 2013

    • Brian

      I bumped up the limit to 20 for the wait listers. Sign up and join us!

      1 · December 27, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      thanks Brian….I'm looking forward to this hike...

      December 27, 2013

  • Andy S

    Don't forget yer fried peanut butter and banana sandwich.

    December 9, 2013

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