ChesLen Preserve

One of the largest private nature preserves in southeastern PA!

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ChesLen Preserve

1199 Cannery Road
Coatesville, PA 19320
Sean Quinn, Preserve Manager
610-353-5587  ext. 508

1. Lenfest Center, located at 1199 Cannery Road
2. Rt 162/Embreeville Road 1/4 mile north of Kelsall Road
3. Just east of Rt. 162 and Star Gazers’ Road

The 1,263-acre ChesLen Preserve—one of the largest private nature preserves in southeastern Pennsylvania—features sweeping agricultural fields, densely wooded stream corridors, and rare serpentine barrens. There are many points on the property from which visitors can gaze for miles in any direction and see virtually no signs of modern development. In 2010, The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (PA DCNR) designated portions of ChesLen Preserve—specifically the Unionville Barrens—as a “Pennsylvania Wild Plant Sanctuary.” The program encourages the conservation of natural areas and native plants, and recognizes private landowners who serve as models of good conservation and stewardship of these special resources.







trails More than 13 miles of unpaved trails ranging from easy to moderate
Birds Birds include Indigo Bunting, Wood Thrush, Field Sparrow and Green Heron. ChesLen is part of the Laurels, King Ranch, and Stroud “Important Bird Area” (a National Audubon Society designation).  Birding checklist
Equestrian trails Horseback riding on designated trails under good conditions (not wet or muddy); horse trailers are not permitted
Canoeing and Kayaking Kayaking/canoeing permitted (call for more information)
Special Plants 9 acres of serpentine barrens, a rare habitat for at least 15 plant species of special concern in Pennsylvania
Grasslands Native grass meadows with broomsedge, little bluestem, and Indian-grass
Wetlands and streams 2 miles of the West Branch of the Brandywine Creek
Agriculture Agricultural fields of soybean, corn, and hay
Historic sites Stargazer’s Stone, a reference point from which Mason and Dixon made measurements as part of their historic surveying expedition


Trail Map (print before you go)

The Lenfest Center and pavilion is available for private use. Please or call 610-353-5587 ext. 214 for more information.

Interpretive trail signs

Rental facility

The Lenfest Center, built in 2013, serves as a base of operations for ChesLen’s stewardship and engagement staff.
Interested in holding a gathering or company event at the Lenfest Center? Click here or e, engagement coordinator, or call her at 610-353-5587 ext. 214.