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Description - This preserve is mostly woodland which dates back to the early 1700's. However, during that period evidence points to the region being comprised mostly of open grasslands. Today the preserve protects the rare Carolina thistle and Menge's fame-flower. It is an interesting area that was created by nature's lighting strikes. It is also believed that Native Americans and English settlers used fire to enhance woodland conditions for game and plant life. Today the preserve may be used for research, education, interpretive tours, nature photography and hiking.

Recreation - Fairy Stone State Park is south of the preserve while Smith Mountain Lake is north east of the preserve. Both parks offer a multitude of recreation opportunities including overnight facilities and scenic trails.

Climate - Virginia generally has mild winters and warm summers. The Blue Ridge foothills can experience cold winter months with temperatures ranging from 36 degrees Fahrenheit (2 degrees Celsius) and dropping slightly below 32 degrees Fahrenheit (0 Celsius). The state's summer temperatures have little variation. The temperature in the foothills of the Blue Ridge range from 74 degrees Fahrenheit (23 Celsius) to 78 degrees Fahrenheit (26 Celsius).

Location - Traveling west of Rocky Mount, Virginia from the intersection of Rt. 40 and Business 220, head north on Business 220 for approximately 1.9 miles to Rt. 919. Turn left and travel 1.5 miles to the preserve's entrance.

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Filed By: Leete Family Innkeepers (Rocky Mount, VA)
Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: Nice trail that goes up up and up. Nice views of the Blue Ridge Foothills. We were there on the 2nd warm day so Spring (a Sunday) and only saw one couple hiking back down. There is a lot of wildlife, Bob cats, deer, turkey and many birds. We were looking for the rare Mange's Fame-flower but we may have been there too early in the year. Still researching when this tiny flower blooms. It will be a fun treasure hunt to find it and photograph it.

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Contact Information:
Virginia Natural Heritage Program, 217 Governor Street , Richmond, VA, 23219, Phone: 804-371-2671

Additional Information:
Central Virginia Travel Region - Central Virginia is home to eleven State Parks, a historical driving tour, several wildlife refuges and natural areas as well as countless Civil War battlefields.

Fairy Stone State Park - Official agency Website
Smith Mountain Lake State Park - Official agency Website
Virginia Natural Heritage Program - Official agency Website


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