Beams of sunlight pour through green woods around tall dark trees.

Saunders Woods Preserve

25 acres

Saunders Woods Preserve is a 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.


1020 Waverly Road, Gladwyne, PA

Visitor Hours

Thurs – Tues, dawn to dusk. Closed Wednesdays.

Trail Map

Before you go


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


Donated to Natural Lands in 1988 by Dorothy Saunders, the property—originally known as “Little Farm”—has long been a place of refuge for both people and wildlife. For decades, the preserve’s trails and circa-1830 barn have welcomed families, students, scout troops, equestrians, and community members; the forest and meadows are home to a myriad of songbird species and other wildlife.

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

access to nature. more essential than ever.

Our preserves are open, thanks to member support.

Help us continue our work saving open space, caring for nature, and connecting people to the outdoors.


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