Deep Run Ponds Natural Area Preserve Updated:08/2019

Deep Run Ponds Natural Area Preserve in Rockingham County supports one of the largest remaining systems of Shenandoah Valley sinkhole ponds in Virginia. These natural ponds along the western flank of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Rockingham, Augusta, and Page counties are characterized by fluctuating water levels throughout the year. Shenandoah Valley sinkhole ponds are among Virginia's most unusual and conservation-worthy ecosystems and support an extraordinary assemblage of rare plants and animals. The 706-acre Deep Run Ponds Natural Area Preserve protects eight sinkhole ponds, two of which

support the globally rare plant, Virginia Sneezeweed (Helenium virginicum). Other rare species here include the Black-fruited spikerush (Eleocharis melanocarpa), Northern St. John's-wort (Hypericum boreale), Brown Bog sedge (Carex buxbaumii) and Northern bog clubmoss (Lycopodiella inundata).

This preserve has no public access facilities. Also, part or all of the preserve may be periodically closed for resource protection or prescribed burning activities. Please call before visiting.

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Contact Deep Run Ponds Natural Area Preserve

Tyler Urgo
Shenandoah Valley Region Steward
Ore Bank Rd
Grottoes, VA  24441
Phone: (540)487-9939

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  • Rockingham County, Virginia