Bull Run Mountains Conservancy Professional Guide
Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook
"This hike adds a scenic overlay to the history contained within. Start at the south end of the Bull Run Mountains, first passing ruins of a tavern, then coming to huge Chapman’s Mill, once a thriving operation. From there, climb to an open rock outcrop with extensive views west to the Blue Ridge. Finally, backtrack to pass a handdug linear quarry and a family cemetery.
Broad Run cuts a narrow passage between the Bull Run Mountains to the north and the Pond Mountains to the south. This opening, known as Thoroughfare Gap, lies between the Blue Ridge and the Shenandoah Valley to the west and the Piedmont and the ocean to the east. Thoroughfare Gap has been a natural travel corridor door for as long as animals and aboriginal Virginians have been migrating."