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.
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
- 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
• The excellent food and cover plants host 50-70 species of birds.
Spring: Early spring wildflowers
Summer: Wildflowers like pink moccasin flower and chickweed
This Nature Preserve is open to hunting and has designated hunting and no-hunting zones. All Pennsylvania Game Commission Rules and Regulations apply.
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: www.cdc.gov/lyme
In case of emergency, call 911
Nearest Hospital: Lancaster General Hospital – 21 miles away
555 N Duke St, Lancaster, PA 17602
Robert Fulton Fire Co, non-emergency number: (717) 548-2531
PA State Police, non-emergency number: (717) 299-7650