- Pedlar Hills Natural Area Preserve rises high above the South Fork Roanoke River. It is home to many rare plants due to the high levels of calcium and magnesium in the soil. The Addison's leatherflower (Clematis addisonii) is found only in Virginia and nowhere else in the world. It thrives in the dolomite soil. There are many lovely hardwoods including oak and red cedar. Currently the preserve hosts interpretive tours and is available for research, education and special use purposes.
Recreation - Claytor Lake is about 30 minutes away heading south on I-81. It offers a wonderful recreation lake accommodating motor boats, jet skis and canoes. Cabins, campsites, picnicking and natural trails are just a few other amenities.
Climate - Virginia generally has mild winters and warm humid summers. The mountainous Blue Ridge area has cold winter months with temperatures ranging from 36 degrees Fahrenheit (2 degrees Celsius) and dropping below 32 degrees Fahrenheit (0 Celsius). The state's summer temperatures have little variation. The summer mountainous Blue Ridge temperatures range from below 74 degrees Fahrenheit (23 Celsius) to 78 degrees Fahrenheit (26 Celsius).
The preserve is near Elliston, Virginia. Take I-81 to Exit 128 onto Rt. 603. Travel 2 miles east to Rt. 460. Turn right and travel 1 mile into Elliston. The preserve is directly across from South Fork Roanoke River. Parking and hiking trail access is available from this location.