Banshee Reeks Nature Preserve
21085 The Woods Rd.
Leesburg, Va. 20175
Saturday and Sunday
8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Managed Deer Hunts: December 2017 & February 2018
A shotgun/archery hunt is scheduled to take place December 1, 8 and 15, 2017. The lottery registration for this hunt is closed. See details. A second shotgun/archery hunt is scheduled to take place February 2, 9 and 16, 2018. The lottery registration runs December 1-31, 2017. See details.
Designating Banshee Reeks Park as a Nature Preserve ensures that all of the plants, animals, habitats and cultural resources are protected. The wildlife, rolling hills, and frontage along Goose Creek ensure visitors to Banshee will have a memorable experience. The 725-acre preserve is open to the public from 8:00 a.m.-4 p.m. every Saturday and Sunday.
Banshee Reeks Nature Preserve has been designated a Virginia Treasure. Details
The word "banshee" is a Gaelic term for a female spirit and the word "reeks" is a Gaelic term for hills and dales. Legend has it that around the 1840s, the owner of the farm was of Irish or Scottish decent. After a night in town he came back to the farm and heard strange cries and sounds in the woods, what he thought might have been banshees. Since the farm was very hilly, he is supposed to have said that he heard, "banshees in the reeks." In the years since, the name has become Banshee Reeks.
When we needed to control the spread of invasive plants at the preserve, we turned to goats! Read about our "weed busters" in this National Recreation & Park Association story
The third Saturday of each month is a Volunteer Day at Banshee Reeks Park. This is sponsored by the Friends of Banshee Reeks and is a great way to become familiar with the preserve. No registration is required. Some of the activities include:
- Native plant restoration
- Invasive plant removal
- Maintenance of the pollinator garden and rain garden
- Trail improvements
- Designing kiosk displays