This is a recreation managed preserve
approximately 248.891 acres
The upper portion is named Hauer-Trout Run, after the Hauer family who donated that parcel in 1976.
Planning Your Walk
Enter from Stump Road.
The path follows Trout Run and large boulders can be seen on both sides of the run. The stream has many fishing spots and vistas along the ravine. The total trail length is estimated at 2.2 miles.
What to See & Do
Trout Run joins Pequea Creek, which flows into the Susquehanna River, and the Chesapeake Bay.
This beautiful and heavily wooded ravine is well-known to nature-lovers and biologists. Clear water tumbles along a fairly steep gradient forming riffles and pools, with a glade and boggy area near an old railroad tunnel at the north end. The 198 acre preserve supports a hemlock grove lush with ferns and foliage. A variety of spring blooming wildflowers is found along the paths that line Trout Run, including skunk cabbage, round-lobed hepatica, wood anemone, dwarf ginseng, and Canada mayflower, along with a wide assortment of ferns. Large numbers of yellow birch.
The area along Trout Run is known for nesting Louisiana water thrush. Other birds include eastern phoebe, fall and spring migrating warblers, and woodland species. Diverse invertebrate populations and trout live in the stream.
Spring: Woodland wildflowers
Summer: Over a dozen species of ferns
Fall: School trips and fall foliage
Winter: Ice formations and animal tracks
This Nature Preserve is open to hunting and has designated hunting and no-hunting zones. All Pennsylvania Game Commission Rules and Regulations apply.
Sigman Rd. Parking area coordinates (decimal degrees): 39.9183, -76.27893 (parking for Enola Low Grade Rail Trail and Nature Preserve)
From Lancaster, follow PA 272 South through Willow Street to Smithville. Right on Pennsy Rd. before stone arch bridge over highway. Follow Pennsy Rd., then left on Kreider Rd. At stop sign, proceed straight, cross over old low grade rail line, then right on Rawlinsville Rd. for 1 mile. Bear right at fork onto Stump Rd. for 1.2 miles to lot on left. Walk down Stump Road to trail head on the right.
Prevent Tick Borne Illness!
- Wear repellent
- Check for ticks after your visit
- Shower soon after being outdoors
- Call your doctor if you get a fever or rash
For more information: www.cdc.gov/lyme
In case of emergency, call 911
Nearest Hospital: Lancaster General Hospital – 9.7 miles away
Rawlinsville Fire Company, non-emergency number: (717) 284-3023
PA State Police, non-emergency number: (717) 299-7650