Otter Creek Nature Preserve

This is a recreation managed preserve


approximately 276.252 acres


Otter Creek offers a scenic trail  that includes the Mason-Dixon Trail and also leads to the Urey Overlook in Lower Chanceford, York County. Remnants of the great American chestnut can be found on the preserve. An acidic loving plant community of oaks, hemlocks, and maples can be observed among rocky outcroppings along Otter Creek. Hike at your own risk. Urey Overlook is managed by DCNR and Otter Creek Nature Preserve is managed by the Lancaster County Conservancy. Parking is available at the DCNR Urey Overlook Parking lot.

This nature preserve is closed to hunting.

Updated hiking map coming soon!


Furnace Rd. parking area coordinates (decimal degrees): 39.887612, -76.386763 (Urey Overlook Parking Area)

Note: there are no parking areas on this preserve. Limited parking is available at Urey Overlook parking area.

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:

Emergency Information

In case of emergency, call 911

Nearest Hospital: UPMC Pinnacle Memorial – 21.2 miles away

 325 S Belmont St, York, PA 17403

Additional Resources:

Airville Volunteer Fire Co, non-emergency number: (717) 862-3806

PA State Police, non-emergency number:  (717) 428-1011


  • Trails
39°52'22.33, -76°22'59.81
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