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Places Most Worth Saving

From its river, bay and sea shores in the east to the Appalachian highlands in the west, Virginia harbors a wealth of natural and cultural riches. Explore some of our favorites.

Featured Places in Virginia

  • Clinch River Valley

    The nation's leading hotspot of aquatic diversity lies amidst the ancient Appalachian ridges of southwest Virginia's Clinch River Valley, where the fast-flowing Clinch and Powell rivers provide habitat for dozens of rare fish and mussels.

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  • Crow's Nest Natural Area Preserve

    The state's newest natural area in Stafford County marks the first step in a decades-long effort to provide recreational access and preserve globally significant natural communities in a storied landscape.

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  • New River Valley

    Despite its name, the New River is actually among the world's oldest waterways. Learn about efforts to preserve the unique geologic and biological riches of this most ancient of America's rivers.

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Virginia's Tier 1 Natural Area Preserves

Quick Facts

Virginia DCR - Natural Heritage Program
600 East Main Street; 24th Floor
Richmond, VA 23219

Contact Information

Phone: (804) 786-7951
Fax: (804) 371-2674


Founded in: 1986

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