Banshee Reeks Nature Preserve
A Great Place
Banshee Reeks, located in Leesburg, Virginia, was established as a nature preserve in 1999. The preserve is 725-acres with a variety of nature trails that are great for birding or just observing nature. Primitive camping is provided by permit to organized groups. Pets must be leashed at all times.
It has a great diversity of habitats ranging from wetlands and ponds to mixed hardwood forests of oak and hickory to wonderful meadows laden with milkweed, goldenrod and thistle. Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy and its members played an important role in establishing Banshee as a passive preserve, home to wildlife and refuge for all.
The Friends of Banshee Reeks, started by our own Joe Coleman, supports the preserve through volunteers who take on projects to improve facilities and maintain the trails.
You can read our field trip reports about our walks at Banshee here.
Banshee Reeks is part of the Virginia Birding and Wildlife Trail.
When to Visit
Hours: Banshee Reeks is open to the public 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays.
Facilities: There is a visitor center with volunteers on hand on the third weekend of each month to answer questions, tell you about latest sightings, provide trail maps and lend field guides for reference. There is a restroom inside the visitor center and a port-o-jon outside.
Driving directions: Banshee Reeks is located at 21085 The Woods Road, Leesburg. Note: During the realignment of The Woods Rd., access to Banshee Reeks will be limited. Please check the Banshee Reeks website to get the latest information. Information can also be found at on the VDOT site.