Ferncliff Wildlife and Wildflower Preserve

About This Preserve

Planning Your Hike

Easy then difficult climb. Follow the blue blazed trail along the unpaved road from Bald Eagle Road through the Preserve to the sign pointing north, across the stream to the Winter Overlook. Follow the white blazed trail up a steep ravine and switch back across the riverside ridge to the winter overlook.  The locked gate at the entrance prevents unauthorized vehicular traffic. The hike to the river is pleasant and comfortable. There is one ford across the creek.

Ecology and Management

Ferncliff Wildflower and Wildlife Preserve is recognized as a National Natural Landmark.  The National Natural Landmarks Program recognizes and encourages the conservation of sites that contain outstanding biological and geological resources. Sites are designated by the Secretary of the Interior for their condition, illustrative character, rarity, diversity, and value to science and education. In 2017, Ferncliff became a Dedicated Forest in the Old Growth Forest Network because of the old-growth forest that has been maintained here.

 There are wildflowers galore in spring. This preserve’s hillsides offer some of the best examples of River Hills woodland. Tulip trees, beeches, hemlocks, sweet birches, red, chestnut, and white oak, sycamore, sugar and red maple, ironwood, and the redbud.  In the fall many groves of pawpaw yield succulent, edible fruit. You will also see rhododendron and mountain laurel in abundance. Birds are abundant, including bald eagles, which may be seen soaring overhead from their nearby nesting and hunting grounds along the river.

Watershed

Barnes Run traverses the preserve before directly emptying into the Susquehanna River.

Hunting Information

No Hunting

Acquisition History

This land was donated by Dr. Henry H. Huffnagle in 1996.

Address

1650 Benton Hollow Rd, Drumore, PA 17518

Amenities

Limited 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 cdc.gov/lyme

Emergency Information

In case of emergency, call 911

Nearest Hospital – 21 miles away
Penn Medicine Lancaster General Hospital

555 N Duke St, Lancaster, PA 17602

Additional Resources

Rawlinsville Fire Company
717-284-3023

Robert Fulton Fire Company
717-548-8995

PA State Police
717-299-7650

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