Suzanne R. Kane Nature Preserve

DSC_0616The Suzanne R. Kane Nature Preserve is located between Rt. 690 North and Hatcher Avenue. Parking is available at the N. 21st Street entrance to the preserve which is next to Dragon Yong-In.

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. 

bridge 1Besides 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!

New Multi-Use Path through the Suzanne R. Kane Nature Preserve

path 2The Town of Purcellville celebrated the opening of the new multi-use path through the Suzanne R. Kane Nature Preserve on Saturday, June 24, 2023. The ribbon cutting will be held at the In October 2021, the Town of Purcellville was awarded funding for this project from the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation and the Federal Highway Administration through the Recreational Trails Program. This path improves accessibility and establishes connections between existing and planned trails and sidewalks. The grant award was for $328,734, which was 80% of the total project estimate of $410,918.