Shenks Ferry Wildflower Preserve

Lancaster, Pennsylvania

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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.

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"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."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Lancaster
Distance: 2
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 1–3 hours
Accessibility: Kid-friendly, Stroller/Wheelchair Accessible
Local Contacts: Lancaster County Conservancy, 717-392-7891, lancasterconservancy.org/preserves
Local Maps: USGS Safe Harbor; a map of the preserve is available at the trailhead.

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Jun 2018