Places We Protect

Murphy Preserve

West Virginia

Fall tree in the sunlight
White Oak Fall tree in the sunlight © George Gress

Murphy Preserve consists of older oak-hickory forest on a rolling topography of hills and coves.



Covid-19 Update (July 24, 2021)

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.

The Murphy family donated this 276 acre tract to The Nature Conservancy in 1967 so that there would always be a place where natural processes could continue without human intrusion.  The preserve consists of two tracts of older oak-hickory forest on rolling topography of hills and coves.  The two ponds on the property have a large number of amphibians and have been the subject of several research projects.



No formal trails but hiking is easy since the mature forests have an open understory.


Seven days a week, dawn to dusk.


See cerulean warblers at this preserve.


276 acres

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