Special Note: Please do not park on River Road. When parking lot is full try parking at another River Hill Preserve.
This is a recreation managed preserve
Alternatives to Tucquan Glen and Pyfer:
Size: approximately 387.139 acres
History of Tucquan Glen and Pyfer Nature Preserves
In 1986 the Conservancy acquired a 14.8 acre property from John F, Pyfer, Jr. and his wife, Carol T. Pyfer who designated the lands as the “Pyfer Nature Preserve” in honor of John’s parents, John F. and Myrtle G. Pyfer, who passed away in 1985. The Pyfer family has a long history of caring about the conservation of natural lands and outreach in the community. Their dedication lives on today with their significant contributions to the Boys Scouts of America and other conservation initiatives throughout the county. This tract of land is located adjacent to the Conservancy’s other 12 parcels acquired from 1983 to 2003 which together form Tucquan Glen. The Conservancy is thankful for the commitment of the Pyfer family and many others who have preserved natural areas in this special region of Lancaster County.
Planning Your Walk
A largely abandoned dirt road and well-worn trail meander through the heart of the ravine for nearly a mile. Occasionally the road and trail run together for short distances, but are generally apart. We suggest taking the trail down to the railroad and returning via the road. The round trip trail length is estimated at 2.4 miles.
Things to See & Do
Six-mile long Tucquan Creek, and its tributary Clark Run, are designated Pennsylvania Wild and Scenic Rivers, and are direct tributaries of the Susquehanna River, draining to the Chesapeake Bay.
This is perhaps the most pristine and scenic of the seven ravines which open into the Susquehanna River in this area. A rhododendron and hemlock canopied trail follows Tucquan Creek from River Road to the Susquehanna River. The initial two-thirds of this glen is beautiful and peaceful; the lower glen is wild and rugged.
Animals sighted on the preserve include copperheads, coyote, fox, and deer. Birds include nesting worm-eating warblers, acadian flycatchers, wood thrushes, and eastern phoebes. Pileated woodpeakers and great horned owls are year-round residents.
Spring: Native wildflowers, at least 35 varieties, including trilliums.
Summer: Lush, cool, and green. Over 20 species of ferns and 40 species of trees
Fall: Colorful foliage
Winter: Allow more time when snow and ice are on the trail
Tucquan Glen is a designated “Archery Only“ hunting area
between River Road East to Hilldale Road.
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.
River Rd parking area coordinates (decimal degrees): 39.863634, -76.338621 (limited parking)
From Lancaster, follow PA 272 south through Willow Street to Smithville. Right on Pennsy Road just before stone arch railroad bridge. Follow Pennsy Road four miles to Martic Forge. Left on River Road three miles to preserve and three well-marked parking areas. If the parking area is full, check out our “Alternatives To Tucquan/Pyfer” map, above. There are some spectacular natural areas within a 15 minute drive of Tucquan Glen and Pyfer. Please do not park on river road, you will be subject to towing.
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 (note that cell phone reception in Tucquan Glen is poor and you may not have a signal in the preserve).
Nearest Hospital: Lancaster General Hospital – 15 miles away
555 N Duke St, Lancaster, PA 17602
Rawlinsville Fire Company, non-emergency number: (717) 284-3023
PA State Police, non-emergency number: (717) 299-7650