Windolph Landing was acquired in 1992. The second parcel was purchased from Laurie McKinney in 2007.
Planning Your Walk
Windolph Landing Nature Preserve is accessible from the parking lot at the end of Second Lock Road. The entire property is located on a 65 degree slope, making walking difficult. A stout walking stick and sturdy shoes are absolute requirements. The round trip trail length is estimated at 0.83 of 1 mile.
What to See & Do
This preserve includes 7.5 acres of dry woodland with several unique features, including large, occasionally precipitous outcroppings of coarse limestone.
An unusually large number of hackberry, or sugarberry trees are present here. Hackberry has little commercial value, but its many small, sweet, date-flavored fruits are prized by wildlife. A truly huge chinquapin oak (Quercus muhlenbergii) dominates the forest. Sugar maples are common, with white ash and box elder on the flood plain.
Understory plants include pawpaws, spice bush, rattle bush, and wild grape. Close to the Conestoga River, burn hazel, garlic mustard, violets, pokeweed, multiflora rose, greenbriar, and Virginia creeper abound.
A half dozen common fern species and the unique purple-stemmed cliffbrake (Pellaea atropurpurea) grow on the face of a limestone outcropping.
Spring: Virginia bluebells profusely cover the hillside
Windolph Landing is a designated “Archery Only” hunting spot.
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.
Take 324 south to Second Lock Road. Parking area is to the left at the end of Second Lock Road in Lancaster Township.