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Leopold's Preserve



3.9 mile 6.3 kilometer loop


Ascent: 244' 74 m
Descent: -242' -74 m
High: 475' 145 m
Low: 386' 118 m


Avg Grade: 2% (1°)
Max Grade: 11% (6°)


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Trail shared by Dave Leach

This is a public park located in western Prince William County and open from dawn until dusk.

Dave Leach

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

Family Friendly Beginner to intermediate trails; observation areas; butterflies, birds, flora, and fauna.

Open to the public 7 days a week, dawn until dusk. All visitors must keep to the trails and respect the "private property" boundaries. There are no bathroom facilities located in the preserve so plan accordingly. Alcoholic beverages are prohibited. Glass containers are prohibited. Collection of or disturbing of plants, animals and artifacts is prohibited. Help preserve our beautiful park. Please don't litter. This includes cigarette butts. Pack-in and pack-out.


Public access - enough for 50 vehicles - is located on Thoroughfare Road at the northwestern edge of the loop. There is ample parking available on both sides of Thoroughfare Road so don't forget to explore the trails on the westernmost portion near the wetland area where the ducks are! A trail map can be downloaded by scanning the QR Code directly from the posted signs or by visiting the website atleopoldspreserve.com.

Leopold's Preserve, aptly named for the famous conservationist, Aldo Leopold, has been preserved through a conservation easement as natural open space and open to the public for passive recreation. This 380-acre public park has more than 7 miles of natural surface trails and is the perfect place for beginners or intermediates and for families. Within the park is an extensive network of trails, observation areas, wildflower meadows, and numerous interpretive signs (over half of which have been authored by Virginia Tech’s College of Natural Resources and Environment, Conservation Management Institute). These signs showcase the environmental and historic features of the property and the surrounding area.

The trails are well-maintained and have 17 pedestrian bridges and boardwalks to help guide you over the wetter areas of the preserve, so you won't have to worry about getting your feet wet here.

Flora & Fauna

Box turtles, rabbits, deer.


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Mar 17, 2020
Mark Toner
Jul 29, 2019
Chris Bradshaw
4.1mi — 1h 26m
Apr 20, 2019
Clay Man
2h 15m
Apr 22, 2018
Waqas Ahmed
Mar 20, 2017
Cheryl Morgan
Accidentally paused Fitbit tracking 2.5mi
Jan 27, 2017
Pablo Teodoro
Nice walk! It's 5.1 miles around the perimeter trail. There are many smaller trails to add miles. Almost flat, well maintained grass/gravel. 5.2mi

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Bumblebees on Milkweed in open field
Jul 19, 2017 near Haymarket, VA
Beautiful! Moss covered tree base and rock
Jul 19, 2017 near Haymarket, VA
We have 34 interpretive signs throughout the nature preserve. Come learn and explore!
Jul 19, 2017 near Haymarket, VA
Members of the Virginia Native Plant Society (VNPS) checking out Early Saxifrage and Trout Lilies
Jul 19, 2017 near Haymarket, VA
There are more than 17 pedestrian bridges in Leopold's Preserve.
Jul 19, 2017 near Haymarket, VA
Beautiful stroll through the woods.
Jul 19, 2017 near Haymarket, VA