Banshee Reeks Nature Preserve
Banshee Reeks is dedicated as a Nature Preserve which 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. A great place for family-friendly hiking! Come explore our 20 miles of trails over 725 acres. Our catch and release fishing pond is just south of the Visitor Center. Virginia state fishing license required for anglers age 16 and older. Age 16 and younger must be accompanied by an adult with a Virginia state fishing license. We welcome dogs to enjoy the adventure as well but please make sure they are on a leash and everyone stays on the trail.
Bikes, horses and camping are prohibited.
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 Nature Preserve. 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