The Channels Natural Area Preserve

The Channels Natural Area Preserve is a 721-acre (2.92 km2) Natural Area Preserve located in Washington and Russell counties, Virginia. It was established in April 2008 to protect a number of significant natural communities and habitats, including high-elevation forests, rock outcrops, and cliffs. Its name comes from a cluster of eroded crevices and sandstone boulders located on a portion of the land.[1]

The Channels Natural Area Preserve
LocationWashington and Russell counties, Virginia
Coordinates36°52′0″N 81°59′36″W
Area721 acres (2.92 km2)
Governing bodyVirginia Department of Forestry

The preserve is part of the Channels State Forest, managed by the Virginia Department of Forestry.[1] The state forest and preserve are both open to the public, though an access permit is required for some activities on state forest lands.[2]


See also


  1. "The Channels Natural Area Preserve". Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation. Retrieved December 14, 2016.
  2. "Channels State Forest" (PDF). Virginia Department of Forestry. Retrieved December 14, 2016.

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