Five Mile Woods Nature Preserve

Yardley, Pennsylvania

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Even though this easy hike is only two miles long, you’ll experience two completely different ecosystems as you cross over the fall line that separates the coastal plain from the Piedmont Plateau. Along the way you’ll see plants such as the high bush blueberry that thrive in the coastal plain, and you will spot honeysuckle and sphagnum moss on the Piedmont Plateau side. Most of the land on the fall line in the Philadelphia area has been highly developed with housing tracts, malls, and commercial endeavors of all sizes and shapes. But when residents in Lower Wakefield Township were faced with the decision of what to do with the last 300 acres of forest and bogs in their community that encompassed the fall line, they voted to turn the unique slice of land into a nature preserve. In 1981 a grassroots group of nature enthusiasts began to lay out and create the trails.
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by John L. and Debra Young (Falcon Guides)

Even though this easy hike is only two miles long, you’ll experience two completely different ecosystems as you cross over the fall line that separates the coastal plain from the Piedmont Plateau. Along the way you’ll see plants such as the high bush blueberry that thrive in the coastal plain, and you will spot honeysuckle and sphagnum moss on the Piedmont Plateau side.

Most of the land on the fall line in the Philadelphia area has been highly developed with housing tracts, malls, and commercial endeavors of all sizes and shapes. But when residents in Lower Wakefield Township were faced with the
decision of what to do with the last 300 acres of forest and bogs in their community that encompassed the fall line, they voted to turn the unique slice of land into a nature preserve.
In 1981 a grassroots group of nature enthusiasts began to lay out and create the trails.

© 2016 John L. and Debra Young/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Yardley
Distance: 2
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 1.5 hours
Season: Year-round
Local Contacts: Five Mile Woods Nature Preserve, 1305 Big Oak Rd., Yardley, PA 19067; (215) 493-6652; www.lmt.org/park-fivemilewoods.php
Local Maps: USGS Trenton West; preserve map
Driving Directions: Directions to Five Mile Woods Nature Preserve

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