Banshee Reeks Nature Preserve

Banshee Reeks is a Nature Preserve, which ensures that all of the plants, animals, habitats and cultural resources are protected. 

  • Family-friendly hiking: explore our 20 miles of trails on 695 acres.
  • Catch and release fishing pond: Virginia state fishing license required for anglers 16 and older. Ages 15 and younger must be accompanied by an adult with a Virginia state fishing license. 
  • Bikes and horses prohibited
  • Dogs welcome: See details regarding dogs in parks below.

Updates and Announcements

  • Caution - Deer Ahead: Deer are on the move during the fall mating season and the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries offers some safety tips. See details here.

History and Background

  • The word "banshee" is a Gaelic term for a female spirit. "Reeks" is a term used for vapor or mist, which has led to how we use it today (e.g., reeks or smells). The fog, or mist, settles in very thick. Legend has it that around the 1840s, the owner of the farm was of Irish or Scottish decent. After a night in town, he returned to the farm and heard strange cries and sounds in the woods -- what he thought might be banshees. Since the farm was hilly, he is reported to have said that he heard, "banshees in the reeks." In the years since, the name has become Banshee Reeks.
  • To control invasive plants at the preserve, we turned to goats! Read about our "weed busters" in this National Recreation and Park Association story (PDF).
  • Banshee Reeks Nature Preserve has been designated a Virginia Treasure. Details

Volunteer Opportunities

  • The third Saturday of each month is a Volunteer Day at Banshee Reeks Nature Preserve. 
  • No registration is required. 
  • Help us by:
    • Designing kiosk displays
    • Invasive plant removal
    • Maintenance of the pollinator garden and rain garden
    • Native plant restoration
    • Trail improvements

Dogs in Parks

Dogs are generally allowed in parks while on a physical leash and under the control of the owner (Loudoun County Ordinance Chapter 612.13); however, per Loudoun County Ordinance Chapter 1092.21, there are certain areas within parks where dogs are prohibited. Please see the ordinance language for both Chapter 612.13  and Chapter 1092.21 for more details.

Contact Us

Contact the Banshee Reeks Nature Preserve for more information.