Covid-19 Update (June 3, 2020)
West Virginia’s public preserves remain open, with the exception of Ice Mountain Preserve. We ask all visitors to please follow any local restrictions put in place for your safety as well as guidance from the West Virginia Department of Health & Human Services and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), including maintaining a distance of at least 6 feet from others (social distancing).
Parking may be limited at many of our preserves. If parking areas are full, or if you find you can’t social distance at any trail or preserve, it may be best to visit the area at another time.
Thank you for helping us in our efforts to protect our visitors’ health and well-being. Together, we can each do our part to stop the spread of COVID-19 so we can continue to do the important work needed in West Virginia.
An old ridgetop property that was originally part of an 18th century Fairfax grant, this land belonged for nearly 60 years to the Zapoleon family, who used it as a weekend and summer retreat. They named it “Eidolon,” after phantom women of Greek mythology who were created by Zeus from mist and light. Eidolon was willed to The Nature Conservancy in West Virginia by Mrs. Marguerite Zapoleon.
TNC took title to it in 2006 and enlisted the Potomac Valley Audubon Society to become the local stewards of the property the same year. It was Mrs. Zapoleon’s vision that this land be preserved as she and her husband, Louis, had always known it: a place for the enjoyment and study of nature, and for quiet contemplation.
The Nature Conservancy, the Potomac Valley Audubon Society, and volunteers, partners and friends from the Morgan County community are committed to fulfilling this vision. We invite visitors from near and far to enjoy the Zapoleons’ legacy.