Banshee Reeks Nature Preserve
21085 The Woods Rd.
Leesburg, Va. 20175
Saturday and Sunday
8:00 am - 4:00 pm
NEW! Banshee Reeks Master Naturalist Program Announces New Graduating Class
The Banshee Reeks Chapter of the Virginia Master Naturalist Program announces the graduation of its newest Master Naturalists on Saturday, April 30, 2016. 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. For more information or to obtain a permit for after-hours activities, please call 703-669-0316.
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. The park is open on a scheduled basis to groups by calling 703-669-0316.
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:
- Collecting things for the nature center (feathers, old nests, bones, etc.)
- Helping to draw maps of the preserve
- Laying out, marking, and measuring trails
- Setting up aquariums