Grayson Glades Natural Area Preserve

Grayson Glades Natural Area Preserve is a 31-acre (13 ha) Natural Area Preserve located in Grayson County, Virginia. Its centerpiece is an extremely rare wetland type known as a "mafic fen", which are situated upon soils rich in magnesium and fed by springs. The site is at the headwaters of a small stream system supporting additional mafic fens.[2]

Grayson Glades Natural Area Preserve
LocationGrayson County, Virginia
Coordinates36°35′10″N 80°54′28″W[1]
Area31 acres (13 ha)
Governing bodyVirginia Department of Conservation and Recreation

Among the rare species found on the property are tuberous grass-pink (Calopogon tuberosus), ten-angled pipewort (Eriocaulon decangulare var. decangulare), large-leaved grass-of-parnassus (Parnassia grandifolia), queen-of-the-prairie (Filipendula rubra), sticky false-asphodel (Triantha glutinosa) and Canada burnet (Sanguisorba canadensis).[2]

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. "Grayson Glades Natural Area Preserve". The Conservation Tax Center. Resources First Foundation. Retrieved December 20, 2016.
  2. "Grayson Glades Natural Area Preserve". Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation. Retrieved December 19, 2016.

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