Deep Run Ponds Natural Area Preserve

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Deep Run Ponds Natural Area Preserve
Map showing the location of Deep Run Ponds Natural Area Preserve
Map showing the location of Deep Run Ponds Natural Area Preserve
Location Rockingham County, Virginia
Nearest city Port Republic, Virginia
Coordinates 38°16′33″N 78°46′36″W / 38.2757°N 78.7768°W / 38.2757; -78.7768Coordinates: 38°16′33″N 78°46′36″W / 38.2757°N 78.7768°W / 38.2757; -78.7768[1]
Area 706 acres (286 ha)
Governing body Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation
http://www.dcr.virginia.gov/natural_heritage/natural_area_preserves/deeprun.shtml

Deep Run Ponds Natural Area Preserve is a 706-acre (286 ha) Natural Area Preserve located in Rockingham County, Virginia. It contains one of the largest remaining systems of Shenandoah Valley sinkhole ponds in the Commonwealth. Such ponds are found in Rockingham and Augusta Counties; their water levels fluctuate throughout the year. They support a variety of rare plant and animal life. Eight sinkhole ponds are located within the preserve's boundaries; two support the rare Helenium virginicum, while others contain Eleocharis melanocarpa, Hypericum boreale, Carex buxbaumi, and Lycopodiella inundata.[2]

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