Bowman’s Hill Wildflower Preserve
A natural habitat for Pennsylvania’s native plants
Bring your binoculars with you to Bowman’s, a hilltop preserve where more than 1,000 species of native perennial woodland wildflowers, trees, shrubs and ferns draw an array of birds.
Take the seasonal “bloom guide as you follow the trails that link woodland, meadow and dry upland habitats. The grounds beautifully showcase the wondrous diversity of plants native to Pennsylvania in a 100-acre natural landscape.
Don’t miss the gazebo nestled among the tall trees of Penn’s Woods arboretum and remember the moonlit walk, which is open to kids as well as adults.
In 1934, the Washington Crossing Park Commission set aside 100 acres as a living memorial to the Colonial soldiers who camped here during the American Revolution. Over time, the sanctuary became known as the State Wildflower Preserve. To commemorate William Penn’s 300th birthday in 1944, the Penn’s Wood arboretum was established as a memorial reforestation project.
Today, the preserve is known by the iconic Bowman’s Hill Tower, which gives a magnificent view of the Delaware River and the surrounding countryside.
Bikes, dogs and picnics are allowed on the grounds outside the preserve, but not inside the protected area
There’s a wide variety of plants and shrubs at the native plant sales every May and September.
Be sure to ask about the preserve’s Plant Stewardship Index, an innovative new program that uses native plant species to measure the ecological quality of the land. You might also want to take home some native plants and seeds for your garden, which are available for purchase year-round in the Twinleaf Gift Shop.
Volunteer at Bowman’s Hill
The preserve counts on volunteers for every aspect of running the preserve, including staffing the gift shop, guiding nature walks, and organizing special events. Visit Bowman’s Hill Wildlife Preserve for more information.