Mount Joy Pond Natural Area Preserve


Nestled against the western side of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Mount Joy Pond Natural Area Preserve supports one of the world’s largest populations of the globally rare Virginia sneezeweed. This and several other rare plants are associated with the large, globally rare sinkhole pond, which is the centerpiece of the preserve. Most of the surrounding rolling landscape is a maturing forest of hardwoods and pines.

Natural sinkhole ponds in the Shenandoah Valley are quite rare. The ponds are easily degraded through filling or draining. Less than two dozen of these ponds, all in Augusta or Rockingham County, support the Virginia sneezeweed and other rare species.


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

Also, part or all of the preserve may be periodically closed for resource protection or prescribed burning activities. Please call before visiting.

Contact Mount Joy Pond Natural Area Preserve

Adam Christie, Shenandoah Valley Region Steward
Department of Conservation & Recreation, Division of Natural Heritage
Phone: (540) 332-9226


Service Area

Services provided in:
  • Augusta County, Virginia

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