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Tucker County, WV, near the town of Hendricks. The preserve lies along McGowan Mountain adjacent to the Black Fork River—a short stretch of stream where the Dry Fork and Blackwater Rivers merge. The Black Fork and the Shavers Fork River then merge to become Cheat River. The newly developed Cheat River Water Trail starts in Hendricks near Brooklyn Heights Preserve.
In the early 20th century, Brooklyn Heights was an incorporated town across the river from Hendricks whose population never exceeded 100. In 1983, Dr. and Mrs. H.M. Mills donated the Brooklyn Heights property to the Conservancy and it became a preserve.
The preserve borders the Monongahela National Forest and is near the Otter Creek Wilderness Area and Fernow Experimental Forest. It consists of mixed-oak and northern hardwood forests.
In a 1984 report, 39 bird species and 180 plants including 10 species of violets were documented on the property. The preserve provides habitat for Virginia big eared bats, black bears and other common mammals. Many wood warblers use these forests during annual migration and breeding season. In spring, a wide variety of wildflowers grow in the preserve's rich soils that are underlain by limestone. The preserve is also home to a number of butternut trees (Juglans cinerea), a type of walnut that has become rare due to a disease known as butternut canker.
This property is open to hunting and fishing along the section bordering the Black Fork River. There is no parking on the preserve property.
From Parsons, WV, proceed southeast on County Route 219/7, following the signs to the Fernow Experimental Forest. Proceed upriver on 219/7 at the junction with the road to the Experimental Forest. Approximately one mile from that junction one will notice an old swinging bridge across the Black Fork River near the mouth of the Blackwater River. Park at the wide spot in the road. The Preserve is due south.