Planning Your Hike
Easy. The trail to the preserve begins at the kiosk near the culvert at Grubb Hollow. The trail is approximately 1.7 miles in length and is renowned for wildflower walks in the springtime. A connector trail joins the Shenks Ferry Trail to the Enola Low Grade Rail Trail.
Ecology and Management
Shenks Ferry is managed for its passive recreation as being of highest and best use.
Shenks Ferry is renowned for its display of wildflowers, especially of spring ephemeral species. Wildflowers such as spring beauties, Virginia waterleaf, woodland phlox, wild geranium and a host of other species throughout the season carpet the forested floor. Over 50 birds including owls, hawks, indigo bunting and the pileated woodpecker, our largest woodpecker are common visitors to the preserve. Two utility Right of Ways bisect the preserve offering meadow and edge habitat for wildlife. Please stay on the trail as to not trample rare species.
Grub Run flows directly into the Susquehanna River.
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 Shenks Ferry Wildflower Preserve were donated by PPL in 2014 and Talen Energy in 2016.
Green Hill Road, Conestoga, PA (Green Hill Road south of the Preserve is CLOSED)
Limited parking. Kiosk. Trails.