The Preserve

Banshee Reeks strives to protect the rich natural environment of the varied plant and animal populations within its borders. This is a unique Preserve due to its size and variety of both plants and animals. Goose Creek, a State scenic river, houses abundant, diverse wildlife comprising over two miles of Banshee Reeks' borders.

We welcome you to explore all that the Preserve has to offer.

Banshee Reeks Nature Preserve is located in Loudoun County, Virginia, a few miles south of the town of Leesburg, Virginia and approximately 40 miles west of Washington, DC.

The preserve lies between the major east/west state roads of Route 7 and Route 50, and just west of the north/south state road, Route 15.  


The Preserve is fortunate to have a variety of both historic and contemporary buildings on the property. The manor house contains the staff offices and is the home of the Visitors Center. One classroom is available for rental. A second classroom is under construction. Also located on the property is an 1830's log cabin and bank barn which are original to the farm property

The Preserve consists of 725-acres of forests, successional fields, ponds, and streams. The Goose Creek, a State scenic river, flows for over two miles along the southern border of the property. Year-round programs and nature walks are offered to the public by various members of wildlife organizations, school teachers, conservancies, and facility staff. A primitive camping area (Leave No Trace) is available for Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts, by special permit only.

The History of Banshee Reeks

In the early part of the 19th century, the owner of the farm now known as "Banshee Reeks" was said to be of Irish/Scottish descent. In the Gaelic language, "banshee" is a female spirit and "reeks" refers to hills and dales.

According to the story, one night the farmer went into the town of Leesburg to attend to personal business and also paid a visit to the local saloon. While traveling back to the farm, the wind howled and the animals of the night made much noise.  Upon arriving home, the farmer was in such a state of mind that he claimed that he heard a banshee on the reeks. The phrase was altered over the years and the area became known as "Banshee Reeks".


Banshee Reeks is open from 8am to 4pm on weekends and other times by appointment only.

Staff are on site the third weekend of each month. 


Below is the current trail map for the preserve.  Maps are generally available at the kiosk in front of the Visitor Center or can be downloaded and printed.


Take only pictures. Leave only footprints. To protect this special place and ensure that everyone will fully enjoy the sights and sounds of Banshee Reeks, visitors are asked to follow these guidelines:

  • All animals and plants are protected.
  • Please do not intrude upon, endanger, or touch the wildlife.
  • Walk only on marked trails.
  • Do not take any plants, bones or artifacts.
  • Pets must be leashed at all times.
  • Bicycles, motorcycles, and horses are not permitted on any of the trails at any time.

Banshee Reeks is a trash-free preserve.  Please help us keep this a trash-free area.

The visitors Center

The Visitors Center is open on the third Saturday of each month from 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.  In 2015, the display room was refurbished with museum-quality specimens of local flora and fauna.  A Honeybee display and visible hive provide an exciting inside view of the colony at work.  Visitors can watch the bees enter a special tube from outside and observe seasonal activity in the pollinator garden.  The pollinator garden has been tended by volunteers over the years.  We always welcome  your help with the garden most anytime of the year.  Families and children can enjoy the books, games, and puzzles located in the Reception area of the Visitors Center. 

Our museum quality collection of taxidermy, animal bones, skulls and eggs can be excellent subjects for artists and students to practice their drawing skills.  If you are interested in visiting for this purpose, please contact us at


Since Friends of Banshee Reeks operates completely through dedicated Volunteers, we always need your help.  The third Saturday of each month is VOLUNTEER DAY at Banshee Reeks and the Visitors Center is open.  We need Volunteers to help us staff the Center.  Some days, we don't have enough Volunteers to keep the Center open for a full day.  Might you consider joining this congenial, enthusiastic corps?  No experience necessary.  We will train you!  Interested?  Please contact us at, and type "Visitor Center Volunteering" in subject line.

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