Ecology and Management
Rays Woods is managed for its habitat as being of highest and best use.
Pieced together as small parcels of remnant forest, Rays Woods serves as a buffer for the headwaters of Trout Run, a cold-water fishery.
Rays Woods is home to the headwaters of Trout Run which empties into the Pequea Creek before it joins the Susquehanna River at the village of Pequea.
The first tract of Rays Woods Nature Preserve was donated to the Conservancy by Carolyn Kent and John Hale in 1997. Bruce Ryder donated the next tract in 2000, and the PA Department of Conservation and Natural Resources provided funding to acquire the remainder of what is today Rays Woods Nature Preserve, with the last tract acquired in 2006.
Limited parking. Preserve sign.