Bells Run Nature Preserve

About This Preserve
  • 9 Acres
  • 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 at 1-888-742-8001 or 610-926-3136

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

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