Shiprock Woods Nature Preserve

About This Preserve

PRESERVE NOTICE: There is ongoing stream restoration work at Shiprock Woods Nature Preserve that may impact the parking area and bridge crossing. The preserve will remain open while this work continues.

Planning Your Hike

Easy with a few short climbs. Two loops join in the middle to create a figure-eight trail. The trail head starts at the property sign and continues uphill through a mature forested canopy, until it loops back around to the same parking area.  The total trail length is estimated at 1.07 miles.

Ecology and Management

Shiprock Woods is managed for its passive recreation as being of highest and best use.

Shiprock Woods serves as a riparian buffer of secondary, mixed-hardwood forest surrounded by farmland. A mature stand of beech is a stand-out attraction of the forested landscape and a sentinel white oak standing at the high point of the preserve is a popular rest spot.


An unnamed stream on the northern portion of the Preserve and an intermittent stream in the center of the Preserve both empty into the Pequea Creek before meandering its way to the Susquehanna River at the village of Pequea.

Hunting Information

No Hunting.

Acquisition History

The Conservancy acquired this property in 2005 with funding from the PA Department of Conservation and Natural Resources and the Community Parks Initiative of Lancaster County.


2414 Shiprock Road, Willow Street, PA 17584


Limited parking. Preserve sign. Trails.

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 – 7.9 miles away
Penn Medicine Lancaster General Hospital

555 N. Duke Street, Lancaster, PA 17602

Additional Resources

Willow Street Fire Company

Lampeter Fire Company

West Lampeter Township Police Department