Saunders Woods Preserve

Riders enjoy the Bridlewild Trail, which passes through this preserve!

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Saunders Woods Preserve


1020 Waverly Road
Gladwyne, PA 19035
Luke Hamilton, Preserve Manager
610-353-5587 ext. 501

Parking: 8/10 of a mile northeast of Morris Avenue on Waverly Road

Saunders Woods Preserve is a 25-acre natural oasis for wildlife and community residents in the heart of the Main Line. The Bridlewild Trail passes through the preserve and connects to a wider system of paths that wind through the community. A walk here reveals a lively forest habitat as well as an open meadow that is home to a variety of bird species.


trails 1.5 miles of unpaved trails ranging from easy to moderate
Birds Birds include Eastern Bluebird, American Goldfinch, and Pileated Woodpecker
Animals Animals include red fox, American toad, and box turtle
Equestrian trails Horseback riding on designated trails under good conditions (not wet or muddy); horse trailers are not permitted
Agriculture Cool-season agricultural grass meadows
Woodlands Woodlands with tuliptree, oak, and beech; wildflowers in the spring such as mayapple, spring-beauty, and trout-lily
Wetlands and streams An unnamed tributary to the Schuylkill River runs through the preserve


Trail Map (also available at the parking lot kiosk)

Interpretive signage along trails

Historic 1800s barn available for rent for educational and private groups for a nominal fee (available for use by prior arrangement—email or call Riverbend Environmental Education Center for more information, contact Tara McDonnell at  or 610.527.5234 ext. 113)