Deep Run Ponds Natural Area Preserve


The Deep Run Ponds Natural Area Preserve in Rockingham County is one of the largest remaining Shenandoah Valley sinkhole pond systems in Virginia. Shenandoah Valley sinkhole ponds are found along the base of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Augusta and Rockingham Counties and are characterized by fluctuating water levels throughout the year. These sinkhole ponds comprise one of Virginia's most unusual and conservation-worthy ecosystems and support an interesting assemblage of rare plants and animals. This 668-acre natural area preserve includes eight sinkhole ponds, two of which support the globally rare Virginia sneezeweed (Helenium virginicum). Other rare species here include the Black-fruited spikerush (Eleocharis melanocarpa), Northern St. John's-wort (Hypericum boreale), Buxbaum's sedge (Carex buxbaumii) and Northern bog clubmoss (Lycopodiella inundata).


This recently acquired preserve has no public access facilities.  Access by arrangement with Steward.

Also, part or all of the preserve may be periodically closed for resource protection or prescribed burning activities. Please call before visiting.

Contact Deep Run Ponds Natural Area Preserve

Contact Deep Run Ponds 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:
  • Rockingham County, Virginia