Shenks Ferry Wildflower Preserve

Lancaster, Pennsylvania 17611

Shenks Ferry Wildflower Preserve

Shenks Ferry Wildflower Preserve Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"This hike covers all the trails in the Shenks Ferry Wildflower Preserve. It follows the main trail to the end of the hollow, and on the return it crosses the creek and follows an old path through the woods above Grubb Run Hollow.

I had repeatedly seen signs for the Shenks Ferry Wildflower Preserve as I was exploring the glens and trails along the lower Susquehanna River in Lancaster County during the fall of 2006. A visit to the area was quite inviting, though I decided to put it off until the spring, figuring that would be the best time to visit. I spent the whole winter thinking of the place, conjuring images of blue skies, open meadows filled with grasses and flowers. I picked a weekday in mid-April, got up early on a rainy morning and drove down to the preserve. What I found was remarkable, though not at all what I expected."

Shenks Ferry Wildflower Preserve Trip Reports

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As the name implies, this is the place to go for wildflower viewing. In the spring it's full of color. There are also some nice trees and bridges and a nice stream. The trail itself is short and easy so it's not a challenging hike but a nice place to be outside and enjoy nature.

Shenks Ferry Wildflower Preserve Photos

Trail Information

Nearby City
Kid-friendly, Stroller/Wheelchair Accessible
Trail Type
Skill Level
1–3 hours
Lancaster County Conservancy, 717-392-7891,
Local Contacts
USGS Safe Harbor; a map of the preserve is available at the trailhead.
Local Maps

Trail Log