More than 700 acres of natural meadows and woodlands
More than eight miles of trails wind through this linked network of open fields and woodlands that Pennypack Trust preserves and restores. The preserve, established in an effort to extend the stretch of natural lands nearby Lorimer and Pennypack Park and help protect the waters of Pennypack Creek, is now the largest privately owned parcel of natural land in Montgomery County.
You’ll find creekside paths, rolling hills, spectacular views and one of the region’s few old-growth forests on this network of restored farmlands. All trails offer excellent opportunities for hiking, walking and bird watching, while some are also open for bicycles and horseback riding.
More than 150 species of birds have been recorded here, including Western Kingbird, northern shrike, dickcissel and Lapland Longspur.
The fields of 160-acre Raytharn Farm are being restored with native grasses, which attract a wide range of species, including flocks of Savannah and American tree sparrows, northern harriers, short-eared owls and rough-legged hawks.
Bobolinks are regular in migration and eastern meadowlarks are present throughout the winter.
The preserve is open during daylight hours. Dogs must be leashed and are not permitted on all trails. The trust is currently constructing information kiosks at key trailheads, increasing trail maintenance, installing trail signage and improving the surfaces of heavily-used trails.
The Pennypack Trust gift shop, located in the visitors center, offers birdfeeders, books, garden sculptures and more. All proceeds go toward land preservation and restoration.
You can download and view maps of Pennypack’s trails at their website.