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Fortune's Cove Preserve

Hosted by: The Nature Conservancy in Virginia


Ongoing Opportunity


Contact coordinator for times


(434) 295-6106.

About Fortune's Cove Preserve


Easily accessible from the Charlottesville and Lynchburg areas, Fortune's Cove Preserve provides a challenging hike that rewards visitors with stunning mountain vistas. The preserve is situated within some 29,000 acres of relatively intact forest habitat and hosts rare plant communities on a series of rocky glades.

The 5.5-mile loop trail climbs steeply from the parking area, gaining some 1,500 feet in elevation before reaching its highest point. Hikers should be in good physical condition and should allow six hours to complete the entire loop. A gravel parking area and kiosk with trail map are at the preserve entrance; there are no restrooms.

We need volunteers to help with:

American Chestnut Orchard Maintenance Crew

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We are in need of at least 5 volunteers to join a team to help regularly maintain the recently planted American Chestnut Orchard at Fortune's Cove Preserve. Maintenance primarily includes mowing between rows and around the perimeter (20' wide) of the orchard along with regular weeding and watering as needed. Ideally, mowing would occur every 3 weeks during the growing season and volunteers can rotate on a regular schedule. Volunteers will need to use their own push lawn mower. If you are interested please contact Jen Rich, volunteer coordinator at 434-951-0572 or email

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