The Lancaster County Conservancy’s preserves offer many kinds of hikes with varying levels of difficulty. Below we have rounded up some of the best preserves for hikes that are less physically demanding while still providing beautiful views and a great experience for all.
- The Conservancy currently has 1 ADA certified trail, located at Welsh Mountain Nature Preserve. The trail offers a half-mile loop that takes visitors through a forested area. The trailhead is right off of the ADA certified parking area. There are no restroom facilities.
- Shenks Ferry Wildflower Preserve affords a nice, easy 1.3 mile hike on the blue trail (the only official trail that has blazes at the preserve). Please note that as you enter the preserve parking area, the municipal road can be difficult to access after heavy rains or storms. There is a porta potty.
- The Enola Low Grade Rail Trail’s western terminus is located at our Turkey Hill Nature Preserve. While Turkey Hill itself is small and has no trails on it, but the area adjacent to it is owned by LCSWMA and has a large passive recreation area. The Enola hugs the coastline of the Susquehanna River and passes by small waterfalls and exposed rock faces. The parking area is in good condition and has porta potties available.
- The Conoy Wetlands Nature Preserve features another fantastic hike off of the Northwest River Trail. Guests should park at the Falmouth boat launch parking area, which has abundant parking as well as a porta potty. About 8 minutes south on the North West River Trail, visitors will enter the nature preserve (the trail was rerouted in 2017 to cut through the preserve). Hikers will be able to see our early stages of the Falmouth Forest Garden project.
- Ferncliff is also a fantastic hike that takes visitors along a dis-used roadbed from the parking area down to the rail line that borders the Susquehanna River. There are no restrooms here.
We hope you enjoy your hike!