Bell’s Run


Donald C. Pollock donated the land for this preserve in 1995.

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Watershed Facts

Bell’s Run is a tributary of Octoraro Creek, feeding into the Susquehanna River and the Chesapeake Bay. A cool, clear, fast-running brook, its overgrown banks anchor the soil against erosion.


The woods are dominated by tulip trees, black birches, red maples, and black walnut trees. The bottomland along Bell’s Run is an excellent habitat for both flora and fauna. The area is a good place to find jewelweed and skunk cabbage. Spring beauty (Claytonia virginica), May apples, Jack-in-the-pulpit, violets, and spicebrush abound.


Small seepages are good sites for amphibians like the red-backed salamander. The stream contains black-nose dace, a minnow which is an indicator of good water quality.


121 Highland Road, Colerain Township.

From Lancaster, follow US 30 east to PA Route 896. Right on 896 south through Strasburg, Georgetown, and Green Tree to Nine Points.  Right on Noble Road and continue to the 5-way intersection at Bartville. Bear left onto Highland Rd. to Conservancy sign on Highland Road. Park on left side of road near sign within township road right-of-way. Please respect the private properties nearby.

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