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
Pennsy Road, Martic Township.
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.