Five Mile Woods Nature Preserve

Yardley, Pennsylvania 19067

Five Mile Woods Nature Preserve

Five Mile Woods Nature Preserve Professional Guide

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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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60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Philadelphia - 2nd Edition (Menasha Ridge Press)
Lori Litchman
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"This preserve is environmentally unique because it lies on the dividing line between the geologically different Atlantic Coastal Plain and the Piedmont Plateau. Parts of the hike are along the coastal plain and others along the plateau. Put simply, the piedmont is more rocky and hilly, while the coastal plain is flat with sandier soil. Because it’s a nature preserve, the only activities allowed in the park are walking, hiking, and photographing or just enjoying nature. There is no fishing or hunting allowed, and pets and bicycles are forbidden." Read more

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Skill Level
1.5 hours
Five Mile Woods Nature Preserve, 1305 Big Oak Rd., Yardley, PA 19067; (215) 493-6652;
Local Contacts
USGS Trenton West; preserve map
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Dec 2018