The Cedars Natural Area Preserve Updated:11/2021

The Cedars Natural Area Preserve supports an exceptional natural community of rocky, dry, limestone glades and woodlands located in southwest Virginia. The preserve lies within a significant karst region known as The Cedars, which covers 30 to 40 square miles in Lee County near the Powell River. The characteristic feature of the landscape here is "karst", where thin soils develop over easily-dissolved limestone bedrock, creating terrain that tends to be rolling, rocky, rugged, and full of sinkholes, caves, and sinking streams. The preserve is a haven for rare plants which are adapted to the mostly thin, nutrient-poor soils of the area.


This preserve has no public access facilities. Access by arrangement with Steward.

Part or all of the preserve may be periodically closed for resource protection or prescribed burning activities.


Contact The Cedars Natural Area Preserve

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Contact The Cedars Natural Area Preserve

Laura Young
Southwest Regional Steward
Division of Natural Heritage
Abingdon, VA  24210
Phone: (276) 274-0173

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  • Lee County, Virginia