Wissler Run Nature Preserve

About This Preserve

Ecology and Management

Wissler Run is managed for its habitat being of highest and best use.

Wissler Run is a landlocked parcel that serves as interior forest habitat largely impenetrable due to dense rhododendron. The forest of Wissler Run stays cool and dark even in midday summer sun due to the dense canopy of mature hemlock trees. Schist outcrops protrude from the landscape and provide habitat for large mammals.


Wissler Run is a direct tributary of the Susquehanna River.

Hunting Information

Wissler Run is open to Mixed-Use 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 Centralized Dispatch Center at 1-833-PGC-HUNT (1-833-742-4868) or 1-833-PGC-WILD (1-833-742-9453)

Acquisition History

The Gibson family donated this land to the Conservancy in 1994.


Preserve sign.

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

For more information visit cdc.gov/lyme

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 – 20.9 miles away
Penn Medicine Lancaster General Hospital

555 N. Duke Street, Lancaster, PA 17602

Additional Resources

Rawlinsville Fire Company

Robert Fulton Fire Company

PA State Police