in Haymarket, Virginia
WHERE IS THE PRESERVE? Leopold's Preserve is located in Broad Run, Virginia and surrounds the Villages of Piedmont community.
HOW DO I GET THERE? For GPS directions: 16290 Thoroughfare Road, Broad Run, VA 20137.
Driving Directions: Traveling WEST on John Marshall Highway (SR 55), go past the Village Center shopping area. After passing the 'Farm at Broad Run' on your left (16015 John Marshall Hwy, Broad Run, VA), go 0.3 miles and turn LEFT onto SR 682 - this is Thoroughfare Road. (Please note that Thoroughfare Road continues on the right a little farther up but this does not access Leopold's Preserve). When you turn onto SR 682, you will see a road sign indicating the road turns to gravel. The public access parking lots are located on either side of Thoroughfare Rd. just past the railroad tracks. Look for the sign on the left.
WHAT CAN I DO THERE? Watch and listen to the woodcocks dance in the spring sky, see how many wildflowers you can spot, study the differences in trees' leaf shapes, read a book at the overlook (bring a chair), picnic at the overlook (bring a blanket), get the kids outside, get yourself outside, play games, fly a kite, learn about history and ecology by reading information signs, walk your dog (on a leash), meditate, recreate, compose a poem, smell the sweet fragrances of summer, see if you can spot the beaver den in the wetlands, watch the native grasses sway in the breeze, photograph butterflies, watch the sunrise, watch the sunset, draw, paint, take photos, take selfies at the Preserve and share them with us, spend time walking with a friend or recharging yourself in the solitude of nature... the possibilities are endless...
IS THERE ANYTHING I SHOULDN'T DO? Please treat Leopolds's Preserve with the same respect as you would any state or national park: Stay on trails, no fireworks, no littering (pack in/pack out), no horses or motorized vehicles, no overnight camping/fires, no alcoholic consumption on the premises, no collection of plants, artifacts, etc. And please do not bother our neighbors in the Villages of Piedmont community. Their property is not part of the Preserve.
CAN I BRING A GROUP? We welcome naturalist events at the Preserve - it is a public park. Birding clubs, art classes, wildflower groups, student field trips, etc. are welcome. Please contact us first so we know what is going on at the Preserve and follow up with us afterwards with pictures, counts, number of participants, etc.
We always welcome feedback! We are very proud of all that Leopold's Preserve has to offer so feel free to share with us what you enjoyed most about your visit! And don't forget to post your photos to our Facebook page!
"We abuse land because we regard it as a commodity belonging to us. When we see land as a community to which we belong, we may begin to use it with love and respect." - Aldo Leopold