Monthly Nature Walks
The Discover Nature’s Secrets guided nature walks and activities held the last Sunday of each month at the Chapman DeMary Trail. The series is hosted by the Purcellville Parks and Recreation Advisory Board and features a variety of local environmental experts and specialists. Topics throughout 2020 include nature scavenger hunts, stream monitoring, using apps like iNaturalist, eco-printing and dyeing, nature journaling, storybook trails, tree identification, adopting a tree, planting for pollinators, making birdfeeders, and making seedpots.
The Chapman DeMary Trail is a 10-acre area considered to be the last stand of old-growth forest in the Town of Purcellville. It runs along the South Fork Catoctin Creek, part of the Chesapeake Bay Watershed. The area is open to the public for environmental recreation, exploration, and education. The Town of Purcellville holds the conservation easement for this privately-owned property. The entrance and parking for the Chapman DeMary Trail is behind the building at 205 East Hirst Road in Purcellville.
Chapman DeMary Trail