Cool Spring Preserve


Open daily, dawn to dusk
If you'd like to come walk the trails, here is the Trail Map.

Overview

        Cool Spring Preserve is in southern Jefferson County at 1469 Lloyd Road, Charles Town WV, 25414. The property is named after Cool Spring Farm.  It was donated to the Potomac Valley Audubon Society by CraftWorks at Cool Spring in 2016.

The 12 acre property will be open to the public during daylight hours and visitors can enjoy easy walking trails and access to Bullskin Run.  The property includes 3 buildings, nature trails, and a stream. Much of the land is wooded and includes well-kept walking trails, a natural amphitheater, and a campfire circle. 

Characteristics of the Property       


Nestled on 12 environmentally sensitive acres in southern Jefferson County, West Virginia, Cool Spring Preserve features a wooded landscape bordered on one side by Bullskin Run, a major stream with significant historical value.  Much of the land is wooded and is designated a birding "hotspot."  




The land is located in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed. On the property are many springs and part of a Shenandoah Wet Prairie marsh which contains 18 rare and very rare West Virginia plants. Only 100 acres of this type of marsh are known to exist globally.




Events at Cool Spring

Summer Day Camp: 7 weeks of summer camp sessions are offered in June and July. 
Preschool Programs: Wee Naturalists : Monthly programs introduce pre-schoolers to the natural world
Homeschool Programs: Sessions for 5-7 year olds and 8-10 year olds are offered twice a month
Bird Walks : Weekend guided bird walks are frequently scheduled

Directions 

 Cool Spring Preserve is located at 1469 Lloyd Road, Charles Town WV 25414. 

From Shepherdstown  Follow Route 480, south toward Kearneysville.  At the stoplight continue straight to Route 9.  Follow Route 9, east, toward Charles Town.  From the intersection of Route 340 and Route 9 in Charles Town, continue south on 340 toward Berryville, about 6 miles. (Route 9 will exit toward Leesburg, but you stay on 340).   The 4 lane highway ends and it becomes a two lane road. Soon you’ll pass Briggs Animal Adoption Center on the right, a produce stand on the left and a closed diner. You’ll make a right hand turn immediately after the diner onto Wheatland Road (WVA Rd 340/2).  Continue down Wheatland Rd about 2 miles.  The road will end at Lloyd Rd.  Directly across from you is the Cool Spring Preserve building with parking.

From Martinsburg (Exit 12 off I-81)  Follow Route 9 toward Charles Town.  From the intersection of Route 340 and Route 9 in Charles Town, continue south on 340 toward Berryville, about 6 miles. (Route 9 will exit toward Leesburg, but you stay on 340).   The 4 lane highway ends and it becomes a two lane road. Soon you’ll pass Briggs Animal Adoption Center on the right, a produce stand on the left and a closed diner. You’ll make a right hand turn immediately after the diner onto Wheatland Road (WVA Rd 340/2).  Continue down Wheatland Rd about 2 miles.  The road will end at Lloyd Rd.  Directly across from you is the Cool Spring Preserve building with parking.

From Route 51 (Inwood, Gerrardstown area) Follow Route 51 east to Leetown Road. Turn onto Leetown Rd and continue toward Summit Point, then turn left onto Summit Point Rd.  Continue on Summit Point Rd and turn right onto Lloyd Rd.  Continue down Lloyd Rd. to Wheatland Road on the left.  Cool Spring Preserve will be opposite Wheatland Road on the right.

From Hagerstown  Go south on Route 65 to Sharpsburg.  Turn right at the stop sign onto Route 34. Go through Sharpsburg and continue about 4 miles until you cross the Potomac River. Continue straight to the 4-way stop, then continue straight on Route 480 about 5 miles to a stoplight.  At the stoplight, continue straight to Route 9.  Follow Route 9, east, toward Charles Town.  From the intersection of Route 340 and Route 9 in Charles Town, continue south on 340 toward Berryville, about 6 miles. (Route 9 will exit toward Leesburg, but you stay on 340).   The 4 lane highway ends and it becomes a two lane road. Soon you’ll pass Briggs Animal Adoption Center on the right, a produce stand on the left and a closed diner. You’ll make a right hand turn immediately after the diner onto Wheatland Road (WVA Rd 340/2).  Continue down Wheatland Rd about 2 miles.  The road will end at Lloyd Rd.  Directly across from you is the Cool Spring Preserve building with parking.

From Winchester/Berryville Take 340 toward Charles Town. The road narrows from 4 lane to 2 lane as you go into WV—stay on 340 past John’s restaurant on the left, Rippon (a tiny town) on the left, until you see a used car lot coming up on the right and a closed diner on the left—turn left onto Wheatland Rd immediately before the diner.  Continue on Wheatland Road (WV Rd 340/2) until it dead ends (about 2 miles)—Directly across the road is the Cool Spring Preserve building with parking.


           © 2016 Potomac Valley Audubon Society

              P.O. Box 578 • Shepherdstown, West Virginia 25443
              phone // 304-676-3397

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Cool Spring Nature Preserve (Jefferson County)

Kristin Alexander, Executive Director //   304-676-3397 
Kristin@potomacaudubon.org

Kimberly Baldwin, Program Director //
304-350-9735
Kimberly@potomacaudubon.org

Ellen Murphy,
 Program Specialist //    
304-676-8739 
Ellen@potomacaudubon.org

Krista Hawley, Adult Program Coordinator
// 703-303-1026
AdultPrograms@PotomacAudubon.org

Bridget Tinsley, Land and Watershed Program Manager // 304-261-6016
Bridget@PotomacAudubon.org

Amy Moore, Cool Spring Preserve Manager and Naturalist // 240-818-4714
Amy@PotomacAudubon.org
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