Richard Welkowitz donated the land for this preserve in 1995.
Managed for erosion control and as wildlife habitat.
A narrow 1.5 acre riverfront parcel, 60′ wide and 1,100′ long, entirely along the Conestoga River floodplain.
The floodplain’s silty soil supports numerous hackberries (Celtis occidentalis), including one huge specimen. Other mature trees include silver maple, box elder, elm, and sycamore. Understory plants include spreading dogbane, Japanese honeysuckle, jewelweed, garlic mustard, ridge run daisy, mugwort, goldenrod, yarrow, giant ragweed, pokeweed, Canada thistle, Queen Anne’s lace, and winged sunflower.
This small and linear preserve provides a valuable greenway and biological corridor.
Red Maple Road, Lancaster City.
From Lancaster, follow King Street (PA 462) east from center city. Just beyond Conestoga View County Home, turn right at light onto City Mill Rd, then right on Conestoga Dr. Take third left onto Garden City Dr, then right onto Red Maple Rd, and park along Holly Pointe Drive near City of Lancaster park sign.