New River Conservancy has completed purchase of 174 acres in Grayson County Virginia.

The tract, now known as the New River Hill Forest, ensures the 174 acres and 2530 feet of riverfront are permanently protected.

Prior to the purchase, the land had the potential to become a housing development. Upon purchase, a rare flower was discovered amongst the hardwood forest which includes hemlock trees.

Through a partnership with New River Soil and Water Conservation District, the process has begun to upgrade old logging roads into hiking trails, and to create river access. Once these projects as well as sufficient parking and signage are complete, the forest will be accessible to the public.

This is the second land acquisition of 2022, bringing the year to date total in excess of 180 acres of land now protected by the New River Conservancy.

The New River Conservancy is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization whose mission is to protect the waters, woodlands, and wildlife of the New River Watershed. You can learn more online at

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