Cowbane Prairie Natural Area Preserve


On the western slope of the Blue Ridge in the Shenandoah Valley, Cowbane Prairie NAP protects outstanding examples of wet prairies, mesic prairies, and calcareous spring marshes which were once common natural communities in the Shenandoah Valley. These communities have been reduced over the years by agricultural and industrial development. Eleven rare plants including queen-of-the-prairie, blueflag iris, and marsh-speedwell are found at the preserve. Additionally, a reach of the South River within Cowbane Prairie NAP also provides habitat for two watchlisted freshwater mussel species.


Access by arrangement with Steward. Part or all of the preserve may be periodically closed for resource protection or prescribed burning activities. Please call before visiting.

Contact Cowbane Prairie Natural Area Preserve

Contact Cowbane Prairie Natural Area Preserve

Adam Christie, Shenandoah Valley Region Steward
Department of Conservation & Recreation, Division of Natural Heritage
Phone: (540) 332-9226


Service Area

Services provided in:
  • Augusta County, Virginia