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6.0 mls N/A
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3.0 hours plus a half hour for lunch
298 ft
Banshee Reeks Nature Preserve
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Park at the Banshee Reeks Visitor Center. 39.02866, -77.59953
Note: Banshee Reeks Nature Preserve is only open Saturday and Sunday 8-4.

Banshee Reeks Nature Preserve nestled in the heart of Loudoun County on 775 acres next to Goose Creek, has more than 20 miles of hiking trails. The unusual name originates from the 19th Century Farm where in Gaelic 'Banshee' is a female spirit, and 'Reeks' refers to hills and dales. The preserve allows dogs on a leash but horses and bikes are not permitted. The trails and park are only open Saturday and Sunday from 8-4, with the Nature Center at the main parking area open on the 3rd weekend of the month.

As you can see on the excellent trails map produced by the Banshee Reeks Nature Preserve, there is a virtual labyrinth of trails to choose from. The 6 mile/3hr circuit listed here uses the majority of the perimeter trails, but you could spend months exploring the different trail combinations.

The trail signage is very good and combined with the preserve map, you should easily be able to navigate the park and put together a hike that's suitable for you.

Below are just a few of the highlights from the perimeter trails.

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Hiker Reviews For The Banshee Reeks Hike (5 Most Recent)
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By: H&A Rating: Date of Hike: Sunday, June 25, 2017
Very peaceful nature walk!! My dog and I enjoyed it very much and we will revisit soon.

By: Teri C Rating: Date of Hike: Saturday, April 08, 2017
Nice hike. We did about 3 miles of the many trails in a little over an hour. I like the diversity, forested areas, meadows, creeks and ponds. Lots of birds, ran into large group of tree swallows.

When we arrived there were 20 or so cars in the parking lot but we only ran into two other families on our hike.

Most of the trails are wide mowed tracts but some of the trail markers have been worn off by the weather. Lots of criss-crossing paths, a map is very useful or practice your orienteering :)

By: Rating: Date of Hike: Sunday, November 20, 2016
Our small hiking group was looking for a safe hike on Sunday 11/20/16 when Gale Force winds were predicted for the region. We have learned to avoid the danger of being on the ridge of the mountains in a stand of old trees in high winds.  We wanted something on a hillside with southern exposure and young trees and vegetation for protection. We couldn't have picked a better hike. Gale Force winds, 45-56 mph, were reported at nearby Godfrey Airport in Leesburg, VA during our hike. We felt the wind but only up to 25 mph by the visitors center but for most the hike, we felt the wind to be up to 15 mph.. It was windy but the terrain gave us good protection.

We liked the trails with  the good signage that actually matched the map we printed from this website.

We had the trails to ourselves and enjoyed every minute of the hike. The place merits a revisit for us. It would be interesting to see it in the spring. I can imagine lots of birds and other wildlife. Even saw evidence of Pocket Gophers, something we have not seen before in hiking.

Don't let our 3 star rating discourage anyone from visiting. It might be the lack of difficulty that would not appeal to many. The short trails, streams, and the Goose Creek add a lot.  There was a bench placed along one of the nicest trails with a view of the woods and a stream. It was thought-inducing moment to pause there and enjoy being there. You could draw the scene, create a painting, write a few lines for a poem, or just enjoy.

It would seem like a good place for families with small children because the trails are easy and the short trails with many intersections give a chance to modify the route according to interest and endurance.

By: Songe Rating: Date of Hike: Sunday, April 24, 2016
Nice meadow hike. Especially enjoyed the creek (Goose Creek Trail) and the pond (Spring House Trail). Watch out for ticks though! Found 3 on me and 1 on my husband

By: Hans (und Heidi) Rating: Date of Hike: Sunday, February 07, 2016
Heidi always sees the good and gives a 4 star,and was charmed by the old buildings I thought less of this place w 2 stars. It was closer to home, that was nice mit limited time for the Supper Bowl . This day was 50 degrees with 8"-12" snow remaining in the low lands. The snow become like walking on a memory mattress so it made for a pleasant walk.

We walked the Old Log trail in mostly snow, and shortly upon heading north up the Bank barn trail the area was flooded , being frozen over. here and there. We swung wide of the trail following the animal trails to find suitable crossing and bushwhacked back to the trail. Return was by the Greenway route, which was a pleasant mud slog. We saw no one on the trail, and were the first to walk the Bank barn Trail since the big snow.

The wildlife here is abundant as the tracks from turkeys, critters and deer were everywhere. I would take heed of the warning signs that the place is infested with ticks.

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