Three people walk past a picnic table following a leaf covered path into a thick green forest. A yellow and green trail blaze sign nailed to a tree marks the way forward.
Voorhees Preserve Voorhees Preserve offers trails with scenic views of the Rappahannock River, including two overlook spots. © Daniel White / TNC

Places We Protect

Voorhees Nature Preserve

Virginia

Enjoy four miles of wooded trails and scenic views of the Rappahannock River at the newly reopened Voorhees Preserve.

COVID-19 UPDATE (September 23, 2020)

TNC’s public preserves in Virginia remain open. We ask all visitors to observe our preserve access guidelines and to follow current health and safety precautions, including guidance from the Virginia Department of Health 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 you choose to visit a preserve, if possible, please visit outside of peak times (11 a.m. through 4 p.m.) to reduce overcrowding in parking areas and on trails. If parking areas are full, please plan to return to the preserve another day.

Thank you for helping us in our efforts to protect our visitors’ health and well-being.


Voorhees Preserve was donated to TNC in 1994 by the late Alan M. and Nathalie Voorhees. Part of a network of conservation lands along the Rappahannock (a major tributary of the Chesapeake Bay), the preserve provides excellent habitat for bald eagles and other wildlife.

Voorhees Nature Preserve offers trails with scenic views of the Rappahannock River, including two overlook spots.  The preserve is adjacent to the Rappahannock River Valley National Wildlife Refuge, which TNC has worked to expand with help from diverse partners. 

Conditions

There are four miles of wooded trails for self-guided walks. The difficulty level is moderate. 

What to See: Animals

Bald eagles, ospreys and migratory songbirds are abundant. Bring binoculars!

What to See: Plants

A mature hardwood forest covers the uplands. Flowering wetland plants enliven Owl Hollow marsh, especially during springtime.

Three people walk on a tree lined trail.
Voorhees Nature Preserve
729 acres of forest and freshwater tidal marsh on northeast bank of Rappahannock River.

Voorhees Preserve Plan your visit and enjoy trails with scenic views of the Rappahannock River.

Additional Resources

WATCH: Enjoy a virtual tour of Voorhees Preserve.

Voorhees Preserve Voorhees Nature Preserve offers trails with scenic views of the Rappahannock River, including two overlook spots.

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