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  • The Otter Creek Wilderness is a U.S. Wilderness area located in the Cheat-Potomac Ranger District of Monongahela National Forest in West Virginia.[5] The Wilderness sits in a bowl-shaped valley formed...
  • Ohio River Islands National Wildlife Refuge was established in 1990 to protect, conserve, and restore habitat for wildlife native to the river's floodplain....
  • Moncove Lake State Park was created in 1990 by setting aside 250 acres (1.0 km2) of the Moncove Lake Wildlife Management Area[2] to be operated as a state park. (The park has since been expanded to 89...
  • Laurel Fork South Wilderness is a U.S. Wilderness Area located in the Greenbrier Ranger District of Monongahela National Forest in West Virginia.[1] The Wilderness protects high-elevation lands along ...
  • Laurel Fork North Wilderness is a U.S. Wilderness Area located in the Greenbrier Ranger District of Monongahela National Forest in West Virginia.[3] The Wilderness protects high-elevation lands along ...
  • The Dolly Sods Wilderness originally simply Dolly Sods is a U.S. Wilderness Area in the Allegheny Mountains of eastern West Virginia, USA, and is part of the Monongahela National Forest (MNF) of the U...
  • You may enjoy the Refuge by participating in wildlife-dependent recreation, including wildlife observation and photography, hunting, fishing, environmental education, and nature programs. The combinat...
  • Bluestone Wildlife Management Area offers visitors a variety of outdoor recreational opportunities on 17,632 acres. Being adjacent to Bluestone Lake, the state's second largest body of water, the area...
  • Wreck Island is part of Virginia's Atlantic coast barrier island chain. This pristine island preserve consists of beach, dune, maritime grassland/shrubland, salt flat and salt marsh habitats, and is a...
  • A significant portion of Virginia's biological diversity is located underground in caves of western Virginia. Numerous invertebrate animals such as amphipods, isopods, beetles and pseudoscorpions have...
  • The Cedars Natural Area Preserve supports an exceptional natural community of rocky, dry, limestone glades and woodlands located in southwest Virginia. The preserve lies within a significant karst reg...
  • In autumn, the forest slopes and ridgetops of Poor Mountain are brightened by the brilliant yellow foliage of piratebush. Poor Mountain Natural Area Preserve protects the world's largest population of...
  • Towering cliffs, sheer limestone ledges, and waterfalls are but a few of the spectacular features of this preserve. Located near the confluence of the Clinch River and Big Cedar Creek, the topography ...
  • Rising above the South Fork Roanoke River, Pedlar Hills Natural Area Preserve supports several rare plants and natural communities. Most notable of these is a rare natural community called a dolomite ...
  • Mesic upland forest, swamps, and marshes of the Northwest River Natural Area Preserve line the lower reaches of the Northwest River in Chesapeake, Virginia. This preserve is home to rare species, such...
  • This is Virginia's largest natural area preserve. It is almost entirely comprised of wetland communities, five of which are rare in Virginia. Especially notable is the pocosin community, a habitat typ...
  • Mutton Hunk Fen Natural Area Preserve is located on the seaside of Accomack County on Virginia's Eastern Shore. The protected acreage fronts on Gargathy Bay on the east and is bounded by Whites Creek ...
  • Nestled against the western side of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Mount Joy Pond Natural Area Preserve supports one of the world’s largest populations of the globally rare Virginia sneezeweed....
  • Martin National Wildlife Refuge includes the northern half of Smith Island, which lies 11 miles west of Crisfield, MD, and Watts Island, which is located between the eastern shore of Virginia and Tang...
  • Mackay Island National Wildlife Refuge was established in 1960 to provide habitat for migratory waterfowl, primarily the greater snow goose. Located between Back Bay in Virginia and the Currituck Soun...
  • Gnarled and stunted pines and ancient red cedars and oaks are widely scattered over the steep shale slopes and bluffs that rise an impressive 300 feet above Johnsons Creek. The large size and high num...
  • James River National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) is one of four refuges that comprise the Eastern Virginia Rivers National Wildlife Refuge Complex. ...
  • Hughlett Point Natural Area Preserve contains several excellent examples of tidal and non-tidal wetlands, as well as exemplary undeveloped beaches, dunes, and upland forests. The preserve supports the...
  • The Great Dismal Swamp NWR is located in southeastern Virginia and northeastern North Carolina. It includes over 111,000-acres of forested wetlands, with Lake Drummond, a 3,100-acre lake, at its heart...
  • This preserve features a globally rare wetland community referred to as a mafic fen. These communities are very limited in Virginia and are characterized by shrubby or herbaceous vegetation, groundwat...
  • Grassy Hill is a prominent landmark on the west side of the Town of Rocky Mount. The site is characterized by rocky slopes forested with hardwood species and scattered patches of Virginia pine. Shallo...
  • Grafton Ponds represents Virginia's best remaining example of a coastal plain pond complex. The many ponds here were formed by dissolution of the underlying calcareous marine deposits of the Yorktown ...
  • Goshen Pass is Virginia's oldest state-managed natural area. Located in Rockbridge County, about 10 miles north of Lexington, the Commonwealth first acquired the property in 1954 to help protect the s...
  • Featherstone NWR is located about 22 miles south of Washington D.C. at the confluence of Neabsco Creek and the Potomac River. The refuge is managed by staff of the Potomac River NWR Complex....
  • The area known as False Cape lies just north of the Virginia-North Carolina line and occupies one of the most pristine stretches of coastal habitat in the mid-Atlantic region. This one-by-six mile str...
  • Lying at the tip of the Delmarva Peninsula, the Eastern Shore of Virginia National Wildlife Refuge serves as one of the country's most valuable stopovers for migratory birds. ...
  • The vegetation of Virginia is much different from what was found in pre-settlement times. While Virginia's landscape had been mostly forested, there were once open areas where trees were few or someti...
  • Dendron Swamp along the Blackwater River supports Virginia's finest bald cypress - tupelo swamps. Canopy trees are consistently over 30 meters tall for a distance of two miles along the Blackwater Riv...
  • The Deep Run Ponds Natural Area Preserve in Rockingham County is one of the largest remaining Shenandoah Valley sinkhole pond systems in Virginia. Shenandoah Valley sinkhole ponds are found along the ...
  • The 316-acre Dameron Marsh Natural Area Preserve is one in a series of protected lands that line the western and eastern shore of the Chesapeake Bay in Virginia. This preserve contains one of the most...
  • On the western slope of the Blue Ridge in the Shenandoah Valley, Cowbane Prairie NAP protects an outstanding example of a wet prairie, which was once a more common natural community in the area. This ...
  • As one of Virginia's smaller natural area preserves, the 25-acre Clover Hollow Natural Area Preserve does not at first glance appear remarkable - an old farm field slowly returning to forest. But bene...
  • The Cleveland Barrens Natural Area Preserve in southwestern Virginia contains a series of significant dolomite barrens, thirteen rare plant species, and three rare insect species. The preserves 1288 a...
  • This preserve features a series of low sandhills and adjacent riparian wetlands along the Nottoway River. Much of the original sandhill vegetation in the region has been lost, but this outstanding woo...
  • At the mouth of Bush Mill Stream freshwater meets the saltwater of the Great Wicomico River. Fresh to brackish tidal marshes and mud flats are hidden between the steep-sided forested shores of this up...
  • Buffalo Mountain is one of the most significant natural areas in Virginia. It boasts an amazing 13 rare plant occurences, 3 rare animal occurences, and 6 significant natural communities. The combinati...
  • The preserve is characterized by low rolling hills sloping towards a small boulder strewn creek which eventually flows into Chestnut Creek, a tributary of the New River. Featured here is an extremely ...
  • This preserve contains sandy beach, low dune, and salt marsh habitats. Wind and water move sand creating an ever changing habitat on the narrow beach. Rare marsh and colonial nesting birds as well as ...
  • Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge is located in Virginia and was established in 1938 to provide habitat for migrating and wintering waterfowl. The refuge contains more than 9,000 acres, situated aroun...
  • On the east side of the Blackwater River near the village of Zuni lies one of Virginia's finest old growth loblolly pine and turkey oak woodlands. The pines are impressive in stature, especially consi...