A landscape of orange Butterfly Weed wildflowers in a green field with a blue sky.

Main parking lot under construction and may be closed; park on Evergreen Drive and enter the preserve there if lot is closed.

Gwynedd Preserve

279 acres

Gwynedd Preserve is an oasis of nature nestled among the highly developed suburbs of Blue Bell and North Wales. After more than a century in agriculture, the preserve’s fields are being carefully restored. A walk along the trails reveals a re-emerging ecosystem of native plants including warm-season grasses and wildflowers.

The meadow and forest habitats here are particularly important because they are connected to other preserved lands in the Wissahickon Creek watershed. The entire 26-mile length of the riparian corridor of the Wissahickon Creek greenway is protected by private landowners and conservation organizations, as well as township and state entities.


640 South Swedesford Road, North Wales, PA

Visitor Hours

Wed – Mon dawn to dusk.

Trail Map

Before you go


1/2 mile northeast of Township Line and South Swedesford Roads


Gwynedd Preserve was once part of Record Farms, established in 1872 by William M. Singerly. In time, the farm—named for Singerly’s newspaper, The Philadelphia Record—grew to more than 700 acres and, in 1912, was sold to Ralph Beaver Strassburger and renamed Normandy Farm. The property remained in agriculture until Jack and Claire Betz, who had purchased the various parcels during the 1970s and early 1980s, donated 110 acres to Natural Lands in 1986 so that the land would be forever maintained as a wildlife preserve. In the following years, the Betz family generously helped add another 124 acres to the preserve. A donation and sale of land by Lee and Phoebe Driscoll allowed us to add an additional 45 acres in 2008.

Small green fiddleheads of a fern, the plant's curled up fronds, are illuminated by bright light in the forest.

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