House Rock Nature Preserve

About This Preserve

Planning Your Hike

From the parking area at the end of House Rock Road, follow the posts demarcating the Goodno Trail, named in memory of the late Ralph Goodno, former Lancaster Conservancy president. Turn south to stay along the edge of the meadow and enter in the woods. Follow a single path dirt trail, cross House Rock Run, and connect with the Conestoga Trail at the House Rock scenic overlook. You can continue your high south along the Conestoga Trail before taking a left into Reed Run Nature preserve where you can complete a loop hike back up to House Rock Road with a short road walk back to the House Rock parking area.

Ecology and Management

House Rock is managed for its passive recreation being of highest and best use.

House Rock is named after the cliff of schist overlooking the Susquehanna River within the wooded edge of the Preserve. Formerly agricultural crop land, House Rock has been managed by a series of partners to revert to natural habitat. As part of the Cooperative Agreement program, PA Game Commission and the National Wild Turkey Federation helped the Conservancy establish native grass meadows. As part of the American Chestnut Foundation’s numerous research plots, two American chestnut groves crossed with Chinese chestnut fill in gaps between woodlands while providing studies for chestnut blight resistance. This mosaic of grasslands, young forest, and more mature forest make ideal habitat for ground-birds and song-birds alike with bird of prey sightings not uncommon.


House Rock run drains directly into the Susquehanna River.

Hunting Information

House Rock 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

This property was acquired in 2006 with funding from the PA Department of Conservation and Natural Resources and the Natural Lands Preservation Fund of Lancaster County.


400 House Rock Road, Pequea PA


Parking. Kiosk.

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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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 – 14.9 miles away
Penn Medicine Lancaster General Hospital

555 N. Duke Street, Lancaster, PA 17602

Additional Resources

Rawlinsville Fire Company

PA State Police

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