Places We Protect

Experience Virginia's great places for yourself!

For more than 50 years, The Nature Conservancy has worked in partnership with many dedicated conservationists, from visionary individuals to local, state and federal agencies to protect more than 346,000 acres in Virginia. As a result, more than a third of all the land the Conservancy has helped protect in Virginia now lies within the boundaries of public lands.

So in addition to inviting public visitation at Conservancy preserves, we have had a hand in creating more than 120,000 acres of public land across the state.

Use the resources on this page and review our visitation guidelines to help plan your exploration.  Click on the image above to view an interactive map of Conservancy preserves along with selected partner sites that are available for public visitation and recreation.


Places We Protect

Allegheny Highlands: Protecting special places like the Cowpasture River and Warm Springs Mountain

Clinch Valley: Protecting our nation's most important river for imperiled freshwater animals

Virginia Coast Reserve: Protecting and restoring the longest expanse of coastal wilderness remaining on the east coast

Virginia Pinelands: Restoring Virginia's founding forest and habitat for the state's rarest bird, the red-cockaded woodpecker

Preserves You Can Visit

Alexander Berger
Blackwater River
Bottom Creek Gorge
Dragon Flats
Falls Ridge
Fortune's Cove
New Point Comfort
Piney Grove
Vandell Preserve at Cumberland Marsh
Virginia Coast Reserve Barrier Islands
Warm Springs Mountain

Partner Sites You Can Visit

View an interactive map of additional public lands that the Conservancy helped to protect.

Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge

Great Falls Park
Rappahannock River Lands

Other Places We Protect

While not open to the public, these preserves play a role in our conservation efforts

Castle Hill

Fernbrook Natural Area
The Narrows
North Landing River
Potts Creek Shale Barren
Walnut Hill Preserve
Wildcat Mountain Natural Area

Exploration Resources

Virginia Natural Area Preserve System
Protecting some of the most significant natural areas in the Commonwealth

Virginia Birding and Wildlife Trail
Celebrating the diversity of the species that call VA home


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