The Conservancy acquired the land that makes up Reed Run Nature Preserve at a public auction in 2003.
Planning Your Walk
A loop trail begins at the parking lot on House Rock Road and circles the property. This trail connects with the Conestoga Trail near the Susquehanna River. A short walk north on the Conestoga Trail leads to the House Rock overlook and a magnificent vista of the unspoiled lower river gorge. The trail length is estimated at 3.1 miles round trip.
Reforestation of tilled fields is a priority. In association with the American Chestnut Foundation, an American chestnut backcross plantation was established on the preserve in 2004. Major efforts will be taken to control the invasive ailanthus tree, which has established itself in the western portion of the preserve.
What to See & Do
Two beautiful river hills streams, tiny Brubaker Run and the larger Reed Run, flow through the woods of the preserve, with many waterfalls as the streams descend to the Susquehanna River, and on to the Chesapeake Bay.
A 148 acre mix of forest and field habitats, with two small streams. A magnificent stand of Umbrella magnolia (Magnolia tripetala) is present in the lower reaches of Reed Run. This small deciduous open-crowned tree is at its northern limit here. Growing to no more than 40 feet, it has a very large and showy flower, with creamy white inner petals (3-5 inches), and outer petals of greenish white openings with the large leaves that appear in umbrella-like formations.
White-tail deer and wild turkey are abundant.
House Rock Road, Martic Township.
From Lancaster, follow PA 272 South through Willow Street and the Smithville tunnel to Truce Road. Right on Truce Road to Rawlinsville. From the stop sign in Rawlinsville continue straight onto Martic Heights Drive to the stop sign in Mount Nebo. Keep following Martic Heights Drive until it joins River Road. Bear left onto River Road for about 0.4 mile, then bear right on Delta Road. When Delta Road intersects with Westview Road, turn right on Westview. Take the first left off Westview onto House Rock Road. Follow House Rock Road for 0.9 mile to lot entrance on left at Conservancy sign on grassy hillside.