Blue Ridge Center for Environmental Stewardship, Purcellville

#14 of 24 in Parks in Loudoun County
Wildlife Area · Hidden Gem · Nature / Park
The Blue Ridge Center is a nonprofit organization that manages nearly 900 acres featuring hiking trails through deep woods, babbling streams, a working farm, wildflower meadows, and historic farmsteads. Located in the western region of Virginia's Loudoun county, we are a key member of the community – our land protects Potomac River tributaries and the Chesapeake Bay watershed, preserves the Appalachian Trail viewshed, and conserves the natural habitat for hundreds of animal species. Few public spaces so close to the big city offer such deep woods to enjoy the sounds of birdsong and to spend a few precious hours away from the bustle of everyday life. We invite people and partners to study, restore, interpret and experience the environment and our land's history.

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  • It is seldom that I see anyone else walking these beautiful wooded trails. Very peaceful walk with the dog.  more »
  • Local horse trails are amazing. Until this becomes a state park you need to be a member of USTR to ride the trails. Hi king these beautiful trails is free.  more »
  • Great paths that are well maintained; gives you options for the novice or experienced hiker. The back part of these trails requires a stream crossing but leads to some great “trail less taken” opportunities.
  • Take my two boys here often. Lots of variety of trails and old buildings along the trails. There are also equine friendly trails as well so if ya wanna hike on horseback it's an option. The park is well maintained and there is a large field for camping with a readily accessible pavilion with a firepit with wood available and a surround of benches for larger groups. The main trails are well defined and there are information stations along the path that describe the local Flora and fauna as well as other facts about their migration habits. All in all a great park nestled in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. They ask for a donation at the head of the trail; and also offer simple B&W maps of the trails thru the park. This place is our go-to park as it's close to our house and not hard to get to (right off Harpers Ferry Road) unlike the Blackburn area of the Appalachian trail (up some pretty serious dirt roads). Def and check it out and bring a picnic lunch if you are going to be there for an extended period of time. And please make a donation on your first visit; even if it's just $5. The park and all the options they offer is worth much more than that!!

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