Bells Run Nature Preserve

About This Preserve
  • 9 Acres
  • Hunting Map
  • Region: PA Highlands
  • Coordinates: 39.877193, -76.048995

Ecology and Management

Bells Run is managed for its habitat being of highest and best use.

Bells Run is a small parcel located within a small, remnant wood surrounded by farmland. The Preserve functions as a riparian buffer to slow and filter rain runoff.


Bells Run empties into the Octoraro Creek above the Octoraro Reservoir.

Hunting Information

Bells Run is open to Mixed-Use Hunting. Respect property boundaries and safety zones. All Pennsylvania Game Commission Rules and Regulations apply. See ‘Where to Hunt’ for more details.

Report Hunting Violations: PA Game Commission Centralized Dispatch Center at 1-833-PGC-HUNT (1-833-742-4868) or 1-833-PGC-WILD (1-833-742-9453)

Acquisition History

Bells Run Nature Preserve was donated to the Conservancy by Donald and Joan Pollock in 1995.


Limited shoulder parking. Preserve sign.

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 visit

Spotted Lanternfly Alert!

Lancaster County is a Spotted Lanternfly quarantine area. This highly invasive insect is a serious threat to the health of our forests.

What you can do to help:

  1. Report spotted lanternfly sightings to Penn State Extension or call 1-888-4BADFLY.
  2. Stop the Spread. Look before you leave! Check gear, vehicles, and trailers.
  3. Smash them, bash them, kill them dead.
  4. Scrap and smash egg masses.

Emergency Information

In case of emergency, call 911

Nearest Hospital – 22.9 miles away
Penn Medicine Lancaster General Hospital

555 N Duke St, Lancaster, PA 17602

Additional Resources
Quarryville Fire Department

Bart Fire Department

PA State Police