Cowbane Prairie Natural Area Preserve Updated:08/2019


On the western slope of the Blue Ridge in the Shenandoah Valley, Cowbane Prairie NAP protects outstanding examples of wet prairies, mesic prairies, and calcareous spring marshes which were once common natural communities in the Shenandoah Valley. These communities have been reduced over the years by agricultural and industrial development. Eleven rare plants including queen-of-the-prairie, blueflag iris, and marsh-speedwell are found at the preserve. Additionally, a reach of the South River within Cowbane Prairie NAP also provides habitat for two watchlisted freshwater mussel species.


Access by arrangement with Steward. 

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Contact Cowbane Prairie Natural Area Preserve

Ryan Klopf
Regional Supervisor
Indian Ridge Rd
Stuarts Draft, VA  24477
Phone: (571) 224-3678

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  • Augusta County, Virginia