Goshen Pass Natural Area Preserve

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Goshen Pass Natural Area Preserve
IUCN category IV (habitat/species management area)
Map showing the location of Goshen Pass Natural Area Preserve
Map showing the location of Goshen Pass Natural Area Preserve
Location Rockbridge County, Virginia
Nearest city Goshen, Virginia
Coordinates 37°56′24″N 79°26′02″W / 37.9399°N 79.434°W / 37.9399; -79.434Coordinates: 37°56′24″N 79°26′02″W / 37.9399°N 79.434°W / 37.9399; -79.434[1]
Area 936 acres (379 ha)
Established 2001
Governing body Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation
Official website

Goshen Pass Natural Area Preserve is a 936-acre (379 ha) Natural Area Preserve located in Rockbridge County, Virginia. The oldest such state-managed property in Virginia, it was first acquired in 1954 to help protect views of the gorge along the Maury River. The site contains stands of chestnut oak, pine-oak-heath woodland, rocky scrub communities, numerous rare plants, and a habitat for the Appalachian Jewelwing, a locally-rare damselfly. The site was dedicated as a Preserve in 2001.[2]

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