Voorhees Preserve

Sky-walking goats are a popular attraction for families visiting Westmoreland Berry Farm, the starting point for exploring Voorhees preserve.

Voorhees Nature Preserve is open spring though fall during Westmoreland Berry Farm’s regular operating hours. Visitors should park in the main lot by the farm store and check in at the office. A kiosk with a large trail map and other preserve information is located near the entrance to the farm store.

School and other groups may also arrange to visit during other times. Contact the Virginia Chapter office in Charlottesville for information at (434) 295-6106.

A short stroll along a peaceful farm road leads to the Voorhees Preserve entrance.

Watch for the TNC trail blazes to find your way.

In 2011, Tropical Storm Lee and Hurricane Irene scoured Owl Hollow marsh and shattered the bridge that provided access to the heart of our wooded Voorhees Preserve. “Imagine someone driving a tank right through the middle of the bridge,” is how Conservancy land manager Sam Truslow, described the damage.

Thanks to generous support from the adult children of the late Alan and Nathalie Voorhees (the original preserve donors), a new and improved bridge was built to span Owl Hollow. Dominion Virginia Power contributed additional financial support and some 20 volunteers.

View of the marsh.  Part of a network of conservation lands along the Rappahannock River, Voorhees Preserve provides excellent habitat for bald eagles.

In addition to rebuilding the bridge over Owl Hollow marsh, trails were also rebuilt, re-routed, and re-blazed.  A five person Student Conservation Association (SCA) trail crew spent two weeks at the preserve building 1/2 mile of new trail to re-route a section that had been destroyed by Hurricane Irene.

Crew member working on a retaining wall at one of the switchback landings.  This structure will help reduce erosion of the trail.

Detail of the completed retaining wall showing the skilled degree of construction.

The SCA crew routed the new trail to include this beautiful overlook where visitors can enjoy river views and watch for bald eagles and osprey.

Don’t forget to look down to spot small delights such as these fiddleheads.

Or delicate dragonflies.

The trail branches just beyond the first lookout point.  The Carriage Road Trail follows along the forested river bluff along the Rappahannock River.  The Hollow Tree Trail is a 1.4 mile loop that takes you deeper into the forest. 

Download a trail map
before you go to aid your journey.

You can see this gnarled old tulip poplar from the inside along the Hollow Tree Trail.

A second scenic overlook marks the end of the main Carriage Trail.

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