Ecology and Management
Windolph Landing is managed for its passive recreation being of highest and best use.
Windolph Landing is underlain with limestone bedrock which seeps groundwater across a hillside directly into the Conestoga River. These seeps provide microclimates and unique habitats for an array of flora and fauna including a stunning spring display of Virginia bluebells. The uplands are relatively dry and consist of mixed hardwoods. The lowlands consist of vegetation typical of our region’s flood plains including box elder, hackberry, and a blanket of stinging nettle.
Windolph Landing overlooks the Conestoga River which empties into the Susquehanna River just beneath the Safe Harbor Dam.
Windolph Landing Nature Preserve is open to Archery-Only; all other lands along the Turkey Hill Trail are private. 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 Centralized Dispatch Center at 1-833-PGC-HUNT (1-833-742-4868) or 1-833-PGC-WILD (1-833-742-9453)
The Hurst Brothers Development Company donated the first tract in Windolph Landing to the Conservancy in 1992, on which the Conservancy already held a conservation easement. The Conservancy acquired the remaining lands in 2006 with funding from the PA Department of Natural Resources and the Natural Lands Preservation Fund of Lancaster County. .
Parking. Preserve sign. Trails.