Fortune’s Cove provides a challenging hike that rewards visitors with stunning mountain vistas. The preserve is situated within some 29,000 acres of relatively intact forest habitat and hosts rare plant communities on a series of rocky glades. The 5.5-mile loop trail climbs steeply from the parking area, gaining some 1,500 feet in elevation before reaching its highest point. A parking area and informational kiosk at the base of the cove will help orient visitors.

Please Note: Dogs are not allowed at this preserve.

Open daily, dawn to dusk, year-round.

Fortune’s Cove Trail GPS Map [pdf]

Fortune’s Cove Nature Preserve
Fortune’s Cove Lane
Lovingston, VA 22949

From US 29 near Lovingston travel north for 0.5 miles to Rt. 718/Mountain Cove Road. Turn left and follow Rt. 718 west 1.5 miles to Rt. 651/ Fortune’s Cove Ln. Turn right (north) on Rt. 651/ Fortune’s Cove Ln and continue for 1.6 miles to Fortune’s Cove Preserve.

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