Folly Mills Creek Fen Natural Area Preserve

Folly Mills Creek Fen Natural Area Preserve is a Natural Area Preserve located in Augusta County, Virginia. The preserve was dedicated in 1998, and was the first privately owned Natural Area Preserve to be dedicated in the state.[2]

Folly Mills Creek Fen Natural Area Preserve
Folly Mills Fen, 2006
LocationAugusta County, Virginia
Coordinates38°05′59″N 79°08′00″W[1]
Area29 acres (12 ha)

The 29-acre (12 ha) preserve contains a Shenandoah Valley fen community; the property is located in the floodplain of Folly Mills Creek, which is itself a tributary of the Shenandoah River. The fen is fed by artesian springs from an aquifer in the region's limestone bedrock; this fosters the development of numerous rare and unusual plants. Such wetlands were once more common in the Shenandoah Valley, but few remain. The habitat contains mainly sedges, cattails, and various shrubs. Among the rare species are bog buckbean (Menyanthes trifoliata), pussywillow (Salix discolor), queen-of-the-prairie (Filipendula rubra), shining ladies' tresses (Spiranthes lucida), prairie sedge (Carex prairea), and prairie loosestrife (Lysimachia quadriflora).[2][3]

The preserve is privately owned, and public access is restricted. Visitors must make arrangements with the property's owners and a state-employed land steward prior to visiting.[2]

See also


  1. "Folly Mills Creek Fen". ProtectedPlanet. United Nations Environment Programme's World Conservation Monitoring Centre. Retrieved December 18, 2016.
  2. "Folly Mills Creek Fen Natural Area Preserve". Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation. Retrieved December 18, 2016.
  3. Hunsucker, Robert; Mueller, R.F. (1998). "Folly Mills Calcareous Wetland". Forests of the Central Appalachians Project, Virginians for Wilderness. Retrieved December 18, 2016.

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