Want to visit the preserve? It is a beautiful landscape we love to share with everyone. The preserve is open dawn to dusk, free of charge. There’s no need to call ahead unless you have questions. I am in the office for only short periods each day but will call you back.
Here’s what to expect and some guidelines to make your visit more comfortable:
The trails are grass mowed once a week or they are dirt paths through the woods. Some are surfaced with wood chips and there are a few boardwalks through wet spots but for the most part they are minimally maintained. The grass is wet every morning with dew. Wear sturdy shoes you don’t mind getting dirty, preferably ones that are waterproof. Don’t wear sandals or open-toed shoes.
We recommend wearing long pants and socks for peace of mind. There are ticks throughout natural areas in our region, and light-colored pants help you find them and keep them off your skin.
Poison ivy is a native plant here as well—and one that widely used by wildlife. We try to keep it away from the places people are likely to come in contact with it, but it can be found near most trails. Wash thoroughly when you return from your trip and most of the plant’s oils can be removed before they cause contact dermatitis—the itchy rash.
Wear sunscreen, a hat, and a natural bug repellant as needed. You will enjoy the sights, sounds, and smells more if you are protected from the elements.
Pick up a trail map at the parking lot or download one here (warning: large file).
Stay on the trails whenever possible to limit damage to the natural resources and to protect yourself (and keep from getting lost).
Give yourself enough time on your first visit to get to know the preserve. Or combine your visit with nearby French Creek State Park, Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site, the Daniel Boone Homestead, Warwick County Park, or other attraction. Bring a camera. Be aware that your cell phone may not have service here in the valley.
If you are a teacher bringing a school group here be sure to discuss with us the number of parents or staff participating and ensure that everyone is prepared for the conditions when they arrive.
Give me a call at 610-286-7955 if you have any questions. Enjoy!