Blue Ridge Center
for environmental stewardship
preserve ~ experience ~ enjoy

Trails & Camping

Experience the wonder of the great outdoors!

 

The best way to experience the Blue Ridge Center's 900 acre land preserve is on our 10 mile network of 14 trails winding through forests and meadows, following valley streams, and climbing up the mountainside. Trails are free to the public and open from dawn until dusk every day of the year.

 

Explore these links to learn about your specific interest:


Download our trail map and set out on your way:

  • Farmstead Loop: The Farmstead Loop is the Blue Ridge Center's signature hiking trail. Just over a mile long and with minimal elevation change, the trail is perfect for all ages and fitness levels. The circular trail runs through the heart of the Blue Ridge Center property. Starting near the Demory-Wortman House, this scenic trail, once a road through a 19th century farming community, passes by multiple historic structures, Wortman Pond, Piney Run, and provides access to the Demory Field campground and other trails.
  • Western Trails: To the east of the Everheart Homeplace beyond Piney Run is the Little Turtle Trail, which connects to the western trails. Walk along the Sweet Run stream, try to keep count the colorful butterflies along Butterfly Alley, climb the mountainside up to the Appalachian Trail, hike along the Wood Thrush Trail, or visit the Farmstead site along the Legacy Loop. 
     

Land Use Guidelines

Regardless of how you enjoy the Blue Ridge Center, we strongly encourage all visitors to abide by the "Leave No Trace" principles:

  • Plan Ahead and Prepare
  • Leave What You Find
  • Respect Wildlife
  • Be Considerate of Other Visitors
  • Dispose of Waste Properly
  • Travel and Camp on Durable Surfaces
  • Minimize Campfire Impacts

"Take only photos and leave only footprints"

 

 

Rules & Policies

The following policies are set to ensure the enjoyment of all visitors and the conservation of our land.  Please contact us at info@blueridgecenter.org with any questions or concerns.

  • Pets: Pets are allowed and must remain on a leash at all times. Dogs roaming off-leash tend to depart from the established hiking trails (encouraging erosion) and act unpredictably in the presence of wildlife and farm animals. Please clean up after your pet; feces left on the ground adversely affects water quality
  • Parking: All vehicles must be parked in designated areas. Vehicles are not allowed past the trailhead to the Demory Field campground except by permission from staff. Motorized vehicles of any kind (e.g., ATVs, motorbikes) are not permitted on trails or other area where “regular” vehicle traffic is prohibited
    • Bicycling: Bicycles are not permitted on trails
    • Artifact Removal: Removing plants, artifacts, or any property is prohibited
    • Pond/Stream Use: No fishing, swimming, ice skating, or boating is permitted in any streams or ponds
    • Tobacco: Smoking is discouraged at the Blue Ridge Center and prohibited within 100 yards of the garden fence or any building. This policy is necessary to protect our garden from tobacco-borne viruses and bacteria (carried on smokers' hands and in tobacco smoke), which are particularly damaging to farms such as ours
  • Alcohol: Alcohol use (beer and wine only) requires staff permission and is allowed only at organized, sanctioned events under the laws of Virginia and Loudoun county
  • Hunting: Hunting is not permitted at the Blue Ridge Center
  • Explosives: Visitors are not allowed to use fireworks or explosives because sheep and other animals are stressed by loud noises
  • Illegal substances: Recreational drugs and illegal substances are not permitted at the Blue Ridge Center; violation of this rule is grounds for instant dismissal and notification of the proper legal authorities


Emergency Information

  • For emergencies, dial 911
  • Neersville Volunteer Fire & Rescue (located across the street), 11762 Harpers Ferry Rd, 540-668-6974
  • Animal Control: 703-777-0406
  • Game Warden: Rich Landers, 540-295-3258
  • Jefferson Urgent Care, 84 Somerset Blvd, Charles Town, WV, 304-728-8533

  

Blue Ridge Center for Environmental Stewardship

11661 Harpers Ferry Rd.

Purcellville, VA  20132

540-668-7640

info@blueridgecenter.org 

 

The Blue Ridge Center is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization supported by donations

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