Trout Run Nature Preserve

This is a recreation managed preserve


approximately 248.891 acres


The upper portion is named Hauer-Trout Run, after the Hauer family who donated that parcel in 1976.

Planning Your Walk

Enter from Stump Road.

The path follows Trout Run and large boulders can be seen on both sides of the run. The stream has many fishing spots and vistas along the ravine.  The total trail length is estimated at 2.2 miles.

Printable Hiking Map

Fall Moss

What to See & Do
Watershed Facts

Trout Run joins Pequea Creek, which flows into the Susquehanna River, and the Chesapeake Bay.


This beautiful and heavily wooded ravine is well-known to nature-lovers and biologists. Clear water tumbles along a fairly steep gradient forming riffles and pools, with a glade and boggy area near an old railroad tunnel at the north end. The 198 acre preserve supports a hemlock grove lush with ferns and foliage. A variety of spring blooming wildflowers is found along the paths that line Trout Run, including skunk cabbage, round-lobed hepatica, wood anemone, dwarf ginseng, and Canada mayflower, along with a wide assortment of ferns. Large numbers of yellow birch.

Trout Run


The area along Trout Run is known for nesting Louisiana water thrush. Other birds include eastern phoebe, fall and spring migrating warblers, and woodland species. Diverse invertebrate populations and trout live in the stream.

Seasonal Info

Spring: Woodland wildflowers

Summer: Over a dozen species of ferns

Fall: School trips and fall foliage

Winter: Ice formations and animal tracks

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.

Printable Trout Run Hunting Map


Sigman Rd. Parking area coordinates (decimal degrees):  39.9183, -76.27893  (parking for Enola Low Grade Rail Trail and Nature Preserve) 
From Lancaster, follow PA 272 South through Willow Street to Smithville. Right on Pennsy Rd. before stone arch bridge over highway. Follow Pennsy Rd., then left on Kreider Rd. At stop sign, proceed straight, cross over old low grade rail line, then right on Rawlinsville Rd. for 1 mile. Bear right at fork onto Stump Rd. for 1.2 miles to lot on left. Walk down Stump Road to trail head 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

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Emergency Information

In case of emergency, call 911

Nearest Hospital: Lancaster General Hospital – 9.7 miles away

Additional Resources:

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

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

Printable Map

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