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A somewhat dense, singletrack Nature Conservancy trail with some nice views in a quiet cove.


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3.9

Miles

6.3

KM

Loop

1,522' 464 m

High

821' 250 m

Low

859' 262 m

Up

858' 262 m

Down

8%

Avg Grade (5°)

32%

Max Grade (18°)

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Features Birding · Fall Colors · River/Creek · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Overview

This Nature Conservancy trail is one of two that circle Fortune's Cove not far from the little town of Lovingston. There are some steep and some rocky portions but, overall, the trail is fairly straightforward.

Description

From the trailhead, the trail starts on a sharp ascent along cutbacks to the top of the ridge. The lower trail then meanders around the cove without too many elevation changes and then descends on the far side, crossing several streams that have man-made crossings. The second trail breaks off about a third the way along the trail and continues along the ridge.

Flora & Fauna

Fortune's Cove Preserve serves as the habitat for numerous flora and fauna. Mammal life includes the black bear bobcat, white-tailed deer, red fox, raccoon, and box turtle. For bird watchers, species include quail, turkey, and red-tail hawk, as well as migratory songbirds such as the cerulean and blue-winged warbler, scarlet tanager, and orchard oriole.

The west-facing slopes feature a number of open rocky glades, featuring such flora as little bluestem, a prairie grass, and abundant fringe tree, also known as grandfather's beard. Some of the trees on the western slopes that are exposed show a noticeable dwarfing, likely caused by the prevalent winds.

History & Background

Landowner Jane Heyward approached the Conservancy about donating her property and making it accessible to visitors. Through Mrs. Heyward's exceptional generosity, the Conservancy created a parking area, signage, and hiking trails for people to experience the preserve and will protect Fortune's Cove for future generations.

Conservancy staff and volunteers will maintain the 5.5-mile trail for visitors. The preserve falls within the project area of the Conservancy's Piedmont Program.

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Shared By:

Jeffrey Edmonds

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  3.7 from 6 votes

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  3.7 from 6 votes
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Some small obstacles.
Jan 23, 2016 near Lovingston, VA
Morning fog.
Jan 23, 2016 near Lovingston, VA
Pano of ravine along trail.
Jan 23, 2016 near Lovingston, VA
The trail is pretty clearly marked.
Jan 23, 2016 near Lovingston, VA
Trail is pretty clearly marked.
Jan 23, 2016 near Lovingston, VA
Entrance to the trail.
Jan 23, 2016 near Lovingston, VA

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Jan 19, 2020
Jean Krason
11h 50m
Mar 18, 2018
Daniel Roberts
separate route branches off and ends up at 6 miles ~1700 ft of elevation. goes up to the radio towers 6mi