Goshen Pass Natural Area Preserve

Goshen Pass Natural Area Preserve is a 936-acre (3.79 km2) Natural Area Preserve located in Rockbridge County, Virginia. The oldest state-managed natural area in Virginia, it was first acquired in 1954 to help protect views of the gorge along the Maury River. The site contains stands of chestnut oak, pine-oak-heath woodland, rocky scrub communities, regionally rare plants such as freshwater cordgrass (Spartina pectinata), and habitat for the Appalachian jewelwing, a locally rare damselfly. The site was dedicated as a preserve in 2001.[2][3]

Goshen Pass Natural Area Preserve
IUCN category V (protected landscape/seascape)
LocationRockbridge County, Virginia
Nearest cityGoshen
Coordinates37°56′24″N 79°26′02″W[1]
Area936 acres (3.79 km2)
Established2001 (2001)
Governing bodyVirginia Department of Conservation and Recreation

Goshen Pass Natural Area Preserve is owned and maintained by the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation. The preserve is open to the public, however as it is contiguous with the Goshen and Little North Mountain Wildlife Management Area (WMA), a WMA access permit is required for parking.[2]

See also


  1. "Goshen Pass". ProtectedPlanet. United Nations Environment Programme's World Conservation Monitoring Centre. Retrieved December 19, 2016.
  2. "Goshen Pass Natural Area Preserve". Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation. Retrieved December 19, 2016.
  3. Middleton, Leslie (October 6, 2016). "Preserve walks celebrate VA Natural Heritage Program's 30th year". Bay Journal. Retrieved December 21, 2016.

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