Alexander King Nature Preserve

This is a habitat managed nature preserve


Approximately 22.859 acres 


Old ore holes with scattered rocks containing soapstone may be found here, along with charcoal tables. John S. Alexander donated the land for this preserve in 1984.

Planning Your Walk

Park along King Pen Road near the covered bridge. Cross the road and enter at the preserve sign. Follow the old woods road trail.  The trail length is estimated at 0.46 miles long. This preserve is managed with a focus on preserving habitat and the hiking trail may not be well maintained. For a list of hiking options, see our recreation managed preserves. 

Printable Map

Alexander King
What to See & Do
  • Outcrops of green serpentine rock (visible along road and in center of preserve), evidenced by a variety of common and unusual plants
Watershed Facts
  • This 24 acre wood lot sits on a rise overlooking the West Branch of the Octoraro Creek, a tributary of the Susquehanna River and Chesapeake Bay.
  • Green briar, fox grapes, witch hazel and wild yamroot dominate the understory
  • Trees and shrubs include red and white oaks, hickories, maples, tulip poplar, hemlock, white pine, black birch, laurels, and bladdernut with its lily-of-the-valley-like flowers and inflated seed pods
  • Great or star chickweed, pink moccasin flower, liverleaf, trailing arbutus, and columbine are five of the most spectacular of the dozens of wildflowers which may be found here in season

Princess Pine


•    The excellent food and cover plants host 50-70 species of birds.

Seasonal Information

Spring: Early spring wildflowers
Summer: Wildflowers like pink moccasin flower and chickweed

Hunting Information

This Nature Preserve is open to hunting and has designated hunting and no-hunting zones. All Pennsylvania Game Commission Rules and Regulations apply.

Hunting Map 


Address: 978 King Pen Rd., Kirkwood, PA 17536 

Nature preserve coordinates (decimal degrees): 39.82518, -76.09344

King Pen Road, Little Britain Township

From Lancaster, follow US 222 south to Quarryville, right (south) on PA 472 for 4.7 miles, right on Noble Road for 2.4 miles, cross the Octoraro Creek via King’s bridge to King Pen Road, left on King Pen for 0.5 miles to preserve on right.

Prevent Tick Borne Illness! 

  • Wear repellent 
  • Check for ticks after your visit
  • Shower soon after being outdoors
  • Call your doctor if you get a fever or rash

For more information:

Emergency Information

In case of emergency, call 911

Nearest Hospital: Lancaster General Hospital – 21 miles away

555 N Duke St, Lancaster, PA 17602

Additional Resources:

Robert Fulton Fire Co, non-emergency number: (717) 548-2531

PA State Police, non-emergency number: (717) 299-7650

Printable Map

  • Hunting
  • Trails
  • Wildflowers
Preserve Map
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