The Cedars Natural Area Preserve


The Cedars Natural Area Preserve supports an exceptional natural community of rocky, dry, limestone glades and woodlands located in southwest Virginia. The preserve lies within a significant karst region known as The Cedars, which covers 30 to 40 square miles in Lee County near the Powell River. The characteristic feature of the landscape here is "karst", where thin soils develop over easily-dissolved limestone bedrock, creating terrain that tends to be rolling, rocky, rugged, and full of sinkholes, caves, and sinking streams. The preserve is a haven for rare plants which are adapted to the mostly thin, nutrient-poor soils of the area.


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

Part or all of the preserve may be periodically closed for resource protection or prescribed burning activities.

Alternate Contact:

Wil Orndorff, Cave/Karst Stewardship Specialist,, (540) 553-1235

Contact The Cedars Natural Area Preserve

Contact The Cedars Natural Area Preserve

Stephen Grayson, Southwest Region Steward
Department of Conservation and Recreation, Division of Natural Heritage
Phone: (276) 940-1643


Service Area

Services provided in:
  • Lee County, Virginia