Tucquan Glen & Pyfer Nature Preserve is closed East of River Road due to extensive damage from severe storms. While the parking area and the preserve West of River Road to the Susquehanna remains open, we strongly encourage people to explore other preserves at this time.
Planning Your Hike
Strenuous. Multiple loops.
If the parking lot is full then seek a hiking experience at another nearby Conservancy preserve. Parking is prohibited anywhere but the parking lot. Parking violations will be prosecuted to the fullest in collaboration between State Police, Martic Township, and the Lancaster Conservancy.
Be prepared with appropriate footwear and attire. Bring water, snacks, and a first aid kit. Do not leave any belongings behind! Tucquan Glen and Pyfer Nature Preserves are easily overwhelmed by crowds. Do not stray from blazed trails! Be on your best ‘Leave No Trace’ behavior. Maintenance and rescue efforts easily exhaust limited resources. These are nature preserves, please treat them as such and remind others to do the same.
Two differently-colored blazed trails provide a loop within the preserve. Both trails are strenuous with short sections of relief across floodplains. A lesser-used trail, blazed white, climbs into groves of large, mature canopy trees and connects with the Conestoga Trail which provides access back into the glen by hiking south. A section of the Conestoga Trail traverses the preserves and captures some of the best highlights of the preserves including waterfalls and rock outcrop vistas and provides seldom used access from Reed Run Nature Preserve (by hiking south) and Pinnacle Overlook Nature Preserve (by hiking north).
Ecology and Management
Tucquan Glen and Pyfer are managed for their passive recreation as being of highest and best use.
This is perhaps the most pristine and scenic of the seven ravines which open into the Susquehanna River in this area. A rhododendron and hemlock canopied trail follows Tucquan Creek from River Road to the Susquehanna River. The initial two-thirds of this glen is beautiful and peaceful; the lower glen is wild and rugged.
Tucquan Creek, a state designated wild and scenic river, empties directly into the Susquehanna River.
Tucquan Glen and Pyfer are open to Archery-Only with areas of No 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
The Conservancy has been piecing together the puzzle that now makes up Tucquan Glen and Pyfer Nature Preserves since 1983. Made possible by donations of land from Rodney Harnish in 2003 and 2005, a partial donation of land by Arlene Saam in 2018, a donation from Michael Flanagan, and various grants from the PA Department of Conservation and Natural Resources and the Natural Lands Preservation Fund of Lancaster County, Tucquan Glen is now preserved as 413 acres.
Limited parking (do not illegally park, violators may be subject to towing or fines; move on to another preserve if this parking lot is full). Preserve sign. Kiosk. Trails.