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A Great Place
Banshee Reeks, located in Leesburg, Virginia, was established as a nature preserve in 1999. The preserve is 725-acres with a variety of nature trails that are great for birding or just observing nature. Primitive camping is provided by permit to organized groups. Pets must be leashed at all times.

It has a great diversity of habitats ranging from wetlands and ponds to mixed hardwood forests of oak and hickory to wonderful meadows laden with milkweed, goldenrod and thistle. Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy and it's members played an important role in establishing Banshee as a passive preserve, home to wildlife and refuge for all.

The Friends of Banshee Reeks, started by our own Joe Coleman, supports the preserve through volunteers who take on projects to improve facilities and maintain the trails.

Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy holds field trips and programs at Banshee Reeks throughout the year. We also maintain a bluebird nestbox trail that serves as home for bluebirds, tree swallows and bats.

You can read through our field trip reports from walks at Banshee Reeks on our Blog.

Banshee Reeks is part of the Virginia Birding and Wildlife Trail.

When to Visit
Hours: Banshee Reeks is open to the public 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays.

Facilities: There is a visitor center with volunteers on-hand on the third weekend of each month to answer questions, tell you about latest sightings, provide trail maps and lend field guides for reference. There is a restroom inside the visitor center and a port-o-jon outside.

Driving directions: Banshee Reeks is located at 21085 The Woods Road, in Leesburg, VA. Take U.S. Route 15 South from Leesburg. Approximately 1/4-mile south of the Leesburg Bypass, turn left onto Route 621, Evergreen Mills Road. Proceed South along Evergreen Mills Road about five miles. Turn right onto The Woods Road (Route 771). Proceed down The Woods Road for approximately one mile. Entrance to Banshee Reeks is on the left.

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