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Sunday, May 19, 2024

280-Acres in Loudoun County Set to Become State Park

Site of future Sweet Run State Park. (Blue Ridge Center for Environmental Stewardship/Dee Leggett)

LOUDOUN COUNTY — Nature lovers all over the Commonwealth can rejoice as the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) has announced its acquisition of a 280-acre parcel of land in the western part of Loudoun County with plans to develop it into a new Virginia State Park.

The land for the soon to be named “Sweet Run State Park” was previously a preserve owned by the Robert and Dee Leggett Foundation since 2000 and managed by the Blue Ridge Center for Environmental Stewardship (BRCES).

BRCES is a environmental non-profit organization that provides educational and recreational programs. The Center will continue to manage Sweet Run on behalf of the Commonwealth.

The DCR, which runs all Virginia State Parks, is in the process of developing a plan for the new addition and will be taking public input.

“It’s exciting to be able to begin developing long-term plans for this new state park in Loudoun County,” Virginia State Parks Director Dr. Melissa Baker said. “As we move forward, we will seek to engage stakeholders in our planning processes as we move those plans toward implementation.”

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