Deep Run Ponds Natural Area Preserve

Deep Run Ponds Natural Area Preserve is a 706-acre (2.86 km2) Natural Area Preserve in Rockingham County, Virginia. The preserve contains one of the largest remaining systems of Shenandoah Valley sinkhole ponds in Virginia. Such ponds are found in Rockingham and Augusta counties; their water levels fluctuate throughout the year. The preserve's eight sinkhole ponds support a variety of rare plant and animal life; two ponds support the rare Virginia sneezeweed (Helenium virginicum), while others contain black-fruited spikerush (Eleocharis melanocarpa), northern St. John's-wort (Hypericum boreale), Buxbaum's sedge (Carex buxbaumi), and northern bog clubmoss (Lycopodiella inundata).[2]

Deep Run Ponds Natural Area Preserve
LocationRockingham County, Virginia
Nearest cityPort Republic
Coordinates38°16′33″N 78°46′36″W[1]
Area706 acres (2.86 km2)
Governing bodyVirginia Department of Conservation and Recreation

The preserve is owned and maintained by the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation. It does not include improvements for public access, and visitors must make arrangements with a state-employed land steward prior to visiting.[2]

See also


  1. "Deep Run Ponds State Nature Preserve". ProtectedPlanet. United Nations Environment Programme's World Conservation Monitoring Centre. Archived from the original on March 30, 2012. Retrieved December 17, 2016.
  2. "Deep Run Ponds Natural Area Preserve". Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation. Retrieved December 17, 2016.

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