Places We Protect

Experience Virginia's great places for yourself!

Together with partners, local landowners and people like you, we have helped to protect over 345,000 acres of private and public land across our commonwealth.

Our preserves include 38 miles of trail you can enjoy.  Use the resources on this page to help plan your exploration.

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

Preserves You Can Visit

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

Partner Sites You Can Visit

Explore these natural areas that we 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
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