Grayson Glades Natural Area Preserve


This preserve features a globally rare wetland community referred to as a mafic fen. These communities are very limited in Virginia and are characterized by shrubby or herbaceous vegetation, groundwater flow from springs and magnesium-rich soils. Numerous rare species occur here including tuberous grass-pink, ten-angle pipewort, large-leaved grass-of-parnassus, queen-of-the-prairie, sticky false-asphodel and Canada burnet. This property occurs at the headwaters of a small stream system that supports other examples of this globally rare wetland community. It is hoped that additional occurrences of this wetland community will receive protection.


This preserve has no public access facilities. Access by arrangement with Steward.

Part or all of the preserve may be periodically closed for resource protection or prescribed burning activities.

Contact Grayson Glades Natural Area Preserve

Claiborne Woodall, Southwest Regional Supervisor
Department of Conservation & Recreation, Division of Natural Heritage
Phone: (276) 676-5673


Service Area

Services provided in:
  • Grayson County, Virginia

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