Fishing Creek North Nature Preserve

This is a habitat managed preserve


Approximately 149.998 acres 


The area around Fishing Creek has been farmed since the 17th century. The stream bank and surrounding ridges were used as pasture. During the 17th-19th centuries many mills existed along the stream including tool mills which are said to have produced tools of such high quality that they pushed British tools straight out of the market!

Planning Your Walk

Fishing Creek North has two hiking trails. The first one starts at the parking area and follows the stream north along the main branch. The second trail starts across the street from the parking area and loops along a rocky ridge which provides a scenic vista of the stream and surrounding area. By walking along Scalpy Hollow Road the trail forms a loop back to the parking area.  The total trail length is estimated at 0.75 of 1 mile.

Printable Hiking Map

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Land Management
  • This property is managed primarily for the purpose of being a stream buffer for Fishing Creek.
  • Efforts are being made to control invasive species.
  • ATV vehicles are prohibited.
  • Fishing is permitted in Fishing Creek.
  • This Nature Preserve is open to Archery-Only hunting, and has designated hunting and no-hunting zones. All Pennsylvania Game Commission Rules and Regulations apply.

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What to See & Do
Watershed Facts

Fishing Creek drains into several smaller waterways before flowing into the Susquehanna River. A comprehensive watershed plan has been completed for the purpose of restoration efforts and future stream protection.


Fishing Creek is designated as a high quality cold-water fishery. It supports a natural reproducing trout population and is supplemented by trout stocking in the spring. Fish species found in the Susquehanna River also use the creek for spawning, early life stages, and seasonal movements. The same species of water fowl and birds found on the Susquehanna River can be spotted along Fishing Creek, including herons, egrets, and kingfishers. Fishing Creek also supports other wildlife, including white tailed deer, turkeys, hawks, foxes, muskrats, racoons, and squirrels.

Hunting Regulations

Fishing Creek North is a designated “Archery Only” hunting area. Please review the preserve map for reference.
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.

Printable Fishing Creek North Hunting Map


Nature preserve coordinates (decimal degrees): 39.83222, -76.24590

From Lancaster, take 272/222 South for 14.6 miles through the town of Buck and make a right at Oregon Hollow Road. Travel 0.2 miles until making a slight left onto Scalpy Hollow Road. Once on Scalpy Hollow Road, travel approximately 1.5 miles and the parking area is on the 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 – 17 miles away

555 N Duke St, Lancaster, PA 17602

Additional Resources:

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

Rawlinsville Fire Company, non-emergency number: (717) 284-3023

Robert Fulton Fire Company, non-emergency number:  (717) 548-8995

Printable Map

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  • Wildflowers
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