Pequea Nature Preserve

About This Preserve
  • 12 Acres
  • Region: Susquehanna Riverlands
  • Coordinates: 39.88981, -76.36536 and 39.896379, -76.364888

Ecology and Management

Pequea is managed for its habitat as being of highest and best use.

Pequea Nature Preserve includes a small parcel within the village of Pequea as well as a larger forested parcel connecting the village of Pequea to Shenks Ferry Wildflower Preserve. The forested parcel highlights a variety of native species including oaks, blueberries, ferns and other acidic loving plants on scenic wooded slopes.


Pequea overlooks Lake Aldred of the Susquehanna River.

Hunting Information

No Hunting.

Acquisition History

This preserve was acquired as part of a nationally recognized landscape protection project known as the PPL Project. Funds for that Project were provided by the PA Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, The Conservation Fund, Lancaster County, York County, PPL, Talen Energy, and Brookfield Renewable. The tracts that form the Pequea North Nature Preserve were donated by PPL, Talen Energy, and Brookfield Renewable.



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 – 13.3 miles away
Penn Medicine Lancaster General Hospital

555 N. Duke Street, Lancaster, PA 17602

Additional Resources

Rawlinsville Fire Company

PA State Police