Fletcher Ford Natural Area Preserve


The Nature Conservancy's Clinch Valley Program area comprises the watersheds of the Clinch, Powell, and Holston rivers. This area spans 2,200 square miles in the remote mountains and valleys of southwestern Virginia and northeastern Tennessee. These last free-flowing rivers of the Tennessee River system harbor more at-risk fish and mussel species than any other river system in the nation and the highest concentration of imperiled species in the mainland United States. Fletcher Ford on the Powell River is one of the areas that harbors a concentration of rare mussels and fish. This site has been a focus area of The Nature Conservancy's land protection efforts for several years. The property along the river is primarily steep cliff with a narrow wooded riparian area between the river and cliffs. The limestone cliff and slopes at Fletcher Ford support several state rare plants and limestone forest.


Fletcher Ford Natural Area Preserve is owned and managed by The Nature Conservancy (TNC). Access by arrangement with The Nature Conservancy. For visitation information, contact the Clinch Valley Program of The Nature Conservancy at (276) 676-2209.

Contact Fletcher Ford Natural Area Preserve

Contact Fletcher Ford Natural Area Preserve

Stephen Grayson, Southwest Region Steward
Department of Conservation and Recreation, Division of Natural Heritage
Phone: (276) 676-5673


Service Area

Services provided in:
  • Lee County, Virginia