For more preserves in the River Hills check out Alternatives to Tucquan Glen.
The Conservancy acquired 336 acres on 13 parcels between 1983 and 2003.
Planning Your Walk
A largely abandoned dirt road and well-worn trail meander through the heart of the ravine for nearly a mile. Occasionally the road and trail run together for short distances, but are generally apart. We suggest taking the trail down to the railroad and returning via the road. The round trip trail length is estimated at 2.4 miles.
Special Note: Please do not park on River Road. When parking lot is full try parking at another River Hill Preserve.
Things to See & Do
Six-mile long Tucquan Creek, and its tributary Clark Run, are designated Pennsylvania Wild and Scenic Rivers, and are direct tributaries of the Susquehanna River, draining to the Chesapeake Bay.
This is perhaps the most pristine and scenic of the seven ravines which open into the Susquehanna River in this area. A rhododendron and hemlock canopied trail follows Tucquan Creek from River Road to the Susquehanna River. The initial two-thirds of this glen is beautiful and peaceful; the lower glen is wild and rugged.
Animals sighted on the preserve include copperheads, coyote, fox, and deer. Birds include nesting worm-eating warblers, acadian flycatchers, wood thrushes, and eastern phoebes. Pileated woodpeakers and great horned owls are year-round residents.
Spring: Native wildflowers, at least 35 varieties, including trilliums.
Summer: Lush, cool, and green. Over 20 species of ferns and 40 species of trees
Fall: Colorful foliage
Winter: Allow more time when snow and ice are on the trail
Tucquan Glen is a designated “Archery Only“ hunting area
between River Road East to Hilldale Road.
It is unlawful to discharge a rifle or single projectile firearm at this preserve.
Violators will be charged as defiant trespassers. PA. C.S. 18 SS 3503(b)
Hunters attempting to recover wildlife are not permitted to enter private property without permission.
River Road, Martic Township.
From Lancaster, follow PA 272 south through Willow Street to Smithville. Right on Pennsy Road just before stone arch railroad bridge. Follow Pennsy Road four miles to Martic Forge. Left on River Road three miles to preserve and three well-marked parking areas.