Suzanne R. Kane Nature Preserve

DSC_0616The Suzanne R. Kane Nature Preserve is located between Rt. 690 North and Hatcher Avenue. This area was named for the late Suzanne Kane in 2005. She served on the Purcellville Planning Commission and on the Purcellville Parks and Recreation Advisory Board. Sue was responsible for the planting of hundreds of trees in Purcellville and spearheaded the Town’s first Arbor Day celebration.

This land was donated to the Town in two phases.  The first phase involved a donation by Lynn Cornwell and Partners when the Valley Industrial Park was developed.  The second donation that linked the 690 corridor was donated by Jim Wilson and family when he originally developed the concrete plant in the industrial park.  

Students and scouts have worked on projects in this area. Some of these projects include plantings, walkways, bat boxes, owl boxes, and signage. 

DSC_0629Besides offering the residents of Purcellville a place to walk their dogs, go for a run, or search for birds and flowers, the Suzanne R. Kane Nature Preserve currently provides about 15% of the Town’s water supply through the use of two groundwater wells.  

To visit the Suzanne R. Kane Nature Preserve, you can walk from the Chapman DeMary Trail across Hatcher Avenue or you can park on 21st Street near the entrance to the area on that side.

One of the most prevalent trees in this habitat are Eastern White Pines. 

We created a fun scavenger hunt for the nature preserve. You can find that, and a lot of other fun things to do, on the Purcellville Parks and Recreation Facebook page. The preserve is open dawn to dusk. Remember to leave no trace!