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.
Most of the preserve is gently rolling former farmland that is gradually returning to its natural forested state. This transitional forest makes an especially interesting and informative natural laboratory where visitors can view a constantly changing blend of fast-growing shrubs and trees, red cedar glades, and the reemergence of an old oak forest. The preserve also includes a section of wooded, high limestone bluffs overlooking the Potomac River, which adds variety to the landscape and habitat mix along with a wonderful view.
Located between the towns of Bedington and Shepherdstown, the preserve is named after Dr. Alfred Yankauer, a prominent physician and medical researcher, who donated it to TNC in 1967. It has been co-managed by The Potomac Valley Audubon Society since 1996. It was Dr. Yankauer’s vision that this land be preserved as a place for people to enjoy nature as he and his family had done for many years. PVAS, TNC, and their many volunteers, partners and friends are committed to fulfilling this vision.
In one of the fastest growing parts of the state, this preserve becomes more irreplaceable each year.