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Any glimpse into the life of an animal quickens our own and makes it so much larger and better in every way.

- John Muir

 



 

A Great Place
Morven Park is the place that Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy calls home and in addition to having our office here at the Carriage Museum, we also are the stewards of the ridge habitat and trails. We invite you to visit!

The ridge behind Morven Park's mansion is the terminal end of the Catoctin Mountains and with that comes terrific and varied habitats, geological features and diverse wildlife to explore.

Walking up the Ridge Loop trail, you encounter an oak/hickory forest that gives way to beech and maple trees. Viburnum, mountain laurel, Dogwoods, Paw Paw and native grapevines provide food and habitat in the understory and the occasional stand of green briar and Sensitive ferns reveals upland wetlands.

In the springtime, ephemeral wildflowers like the Harbinger of spring, Cut-leaf-toothwort, Rue anemone and Spring beauties cover the forest floor.

Vernal pools, some eons old, and some newly restored, rest on top of the ridge and are used by frogs and salamanders through the breeding period.

Box turtles roam the woods as do a variety of mammals that include coyotes, raccoons, opossums, bats and deer.

From spring through fall, wonderful neotropical birds are heard and seen: Scarlet Tanagers, warblers, Blue-gray gnatcatchers, kinglets, Oven birds, and more. And throughout the year we find woodpeckers, owls, hawks, Wild Turkeys, chickadees, nuthatches and other woodland species.

Along the lowland trail, aptly named the Wood Thrush trail, you encounter more of these same birds as well as the elusive Woodcock which calls in the early spring.

Butterflies are aplenty through the trails, fields and gardens of Morven. Visit the Monarch Waystation at the Corbell House, Carriage Museum and on Turkey Hill. This is also the only location in Loudoun where we have found both the White-M butterfly and the Harvester butterfly (pictured above).

Monarch on milkweed
Join our Trails Team!
We can always use help with trail maintenance and non-native species removal. If you would like to volunteer to be part of our Trails Team or just join us for work day, please contact us!
When to Visit

Hours: Trails are open February through October, 8:00 a.m. to dusk. November, December and January the trails are closed to the public. Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy offers a free guided nature walk each month. Check our calendar for details.

Loudoun Wildlife Office Hours: Stop by our office to say hello, pick up materials or make a purchase. We have nature books, butterfly rearing cages, t-shirts and more. Check the website for hours. Need to give us a call? We're at 703-777-2575. If you have injured wildlife, please contact the Blue Ridge Wildlife Center at 540-837-9000 or Wildlife Vet Care - 540-664-9494.

Trail details: There are two main trails: The Ridge Loop Trail and the Wood Thrush Trail. Please visit Morven Park's Trails page for full details and the trails map.

Facilities: Restrooms are available at the Administration building near the Coach House. More information about Morven Park can be found here.

Driving directions: 17195 Southern Planter Lane, Leesburg, VA 20176. Click here for detailed directions and a property map.

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