Larger than most state parks!

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Bear Creek Preserve

47 Rabbit Run Lane
Bear Creek Twp, PA 18702
Joshua Saltmer, Preserve Manager


The main entrance of the Preserve is located along Rt 115 at Rabbit Run Lane, 2.8 miles south of Bear Creek Village and 8.5 miles north of Blakeslee. Additional parking is located at pull offs along White Haven Road and Rt. 115 in Buck Township, .5 miles north of Buck River Road.

Bear Creek Preserve is a vast expanse of forests and steep stream valleys in the Lehigh River Watershed. The 3,565-acre preserve—larger than many state parks—provides critical habitat for a myriad of wildlife species, including black bear, coyote, and many migratory songbirds. Bear Creek Preserve is part of a larger landscape of protected lands— including state parks, forests, and gamelands—that spans more than 150,000 acres.

Learn more about Bear Creek Preserve on our Blog!


trails More than 31 miles of unpaved trails ranging from easy to moderate to difficult; more trails will be completed in the coming months (Note: rattlesnake habitat; please exercise caution and do not hike alone)
Birds Birds include Scarlet Tanager, Rose-breasted Grosbeak, Hermit Thrush, Kestrel, and Bald Eagle.
Animals Animals include American mink, eastern coyote, fisher cat, bobcat, and black bear
Woodlands Increasingly rare interior forest (defined as an area at least 300 feet from any edge, such as a road, lawn, or meadow)
Wetlands and streams Bear Creek, Shades Creek, and Stony Run, all designated as “High Quality, Cold Water Fisheries,” flow through the preserve


Trail Map

Management Center with meeting space and restrooms (open by chance or by appointment)

Interpretive trail signs