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Birding · Fall Colors · Wildflowers · Wildlife
The Preserve is TEMPORARILY CLOSED due to COVID-19
The Preserve is open FRIDAY - SUNDAY year-round.
March 16th – November 14th
8:00am – 6:00pm
November 15th – March 15th
8:00am – 4:30pm
To contact Virginia Outdoors Foundation Preserve Staff, please call:
Sometimes rough terrain, treefalls, etc. The trails are maintained but it can take a while sometimes to clear trees from trails.
Also, they move parts of the trail depending on what maintenance they are doing.
This trail is called the Fern Hollow Loop, a 3.7 mile loop blazed green and rated as "moderate". The trailhead for this loop starts just before the train tracks at the end of Beverley Mill Drive at the Virginia Outdoors Foundation Bull Run Mountains Natural Area Preserve information kiosk.
Passing through several plant communities, this trail provides an opportunity to delve into
the varying natural habitat types that are found within the preserve—from the mountain
laurel-covered ridges to the beautiful low-lying seeps, including the locally treasured section
of habitat known as Fern Hollow. This trail is dotted with a myriad of historic features—
including the upper mill and meadowlands ruins, ice house structure, Corum House, and LJ
cemetery. The western portion of this trail also offers a beautiful view of the Chapman Mill and
Thoroughfare Gap and provides a glimpse into the face of the natural quarry line that served
as an entrenchment during the American Civil War.
Flora & Fauna
Squirrels, deer, turtles, frogs, and rattlesnakes! So watch where you put you feet.
I have heard that black bear roam as well.
Shared By: Scott Spencer