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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 open 8-5. Closed Monday and Friday.

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: Diana H Rating: Date of Hike: Saturday, February 23, 2019
Really nice nature preserve. They are now open everyday of the week except Monday and Friday. These are their current posted hours: November - February: 8 am to 5 pm, March: 8 am to 6 pm, April - September: 8 am to 8 pm, October: 8 am to 6 pm. Not a bad stroll, nothing terribly exciting, but peaceful.

By: Mark Rating: Date of Hike: Sunday, January 7, 2018
Always love hiking at Banshee Reeks (it's only 10 minutes away), just wish it was open during the week. It's amazing to me in this area with so much development that an area like Banshee Reeks exists still with miles and miles of trails. I've been here many times and always find different routes to take and rarely do one a second time. You can go for a couple miles or pretty much hike all day if you want to. No great views really (though nice ones) like mountain hikes, but lots of variety of terrain and geography to experience. Very quiet and peaceful and rarely run into other hikers so it's a great place to take my dogs. They do a great job keeping the paths mowed and cleared when through meadows or in the woods where trees have fallen. Highly recommend it for a nice local hike for those in the Loudoun County (and beyond).

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 8, 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.

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