Love birding, hiking or fishing? The Western Pennsylvania Conservancy owns and manages more than 13,000 acres of land that are open to the public, free of charge. At more than 10,000 acres, the 13 preserves highlighted below are particularly suited for nature lovers and outdoor enthusiasts to enjoy. With their entrances accessible from local roadways, most of these areas have trails, informational signage, designated parking, a variety of recreational uses and are ideal for families with children.

Bear Run Nature Reserve

Location: Stewart Township, Fayette County; Springfield Township, Fayette County; Lower Turkeyfoot Township, Somerset County

Size: 5,119 acres

Activities: Camping, Eating Area / Benches, Fishing, Hiking (Designated Trail), Paddling, Scenic Overlook, Universal Access / ADA Trail

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More Locations to Explore

  • Alameda Park - Map

    Butler County

    operated by Butler County as part of the larger park

  • Beaver Creek Natural Area - Map

    Fayette County

  • Bingler Natural Area - Map

    Lawrence County

  • Blue Ridge Forest - Map

    Forest County

  • Brokenstraw Flats - Map

    Warren County

  • Cambridge Springs Natural Area - Map

    Crawford County

  • Camp Run Woods - Map

    Westmoreland County

  • Casselman River Conservation Area - Map

    Somerset County

  • Clarion River Inholding - Map

    Elk County

  • Clemens Run - Map

    Jefferson County

  • Conneaut Marsh Natural Area - Map

    Crawford County

  • Cranmer Canoe Launch - Map

    Crawford County

    on French Creek; owned by the Cranmer family

  • Crawford Reserve - Map

    Venango County

    owned by Chagrin Land LP

  • Cussewago Bottom Conservation Area - Map

    Crawford County

  • Devil’s Hollow  - Map

    Allegheny County

    owned by Allegheny Land Trust

  • Fisherman’s Cove - Map

    Venango County

    owned by Fisherman’s Cove Preservation Foundation, Inc.

  • French Creek Flats Natural Area - Map

    Erie County

  • Fringed Gentian Fen Natural Area - Map

    Lawrence County

  • Hoch Island - Map

    Forest County

  • Indian Caverns - Map

    Huntingdon County

  • Indian Creek Hike and Bike Trail - Map

    Fayette County / Westmoreland County

    owned by Mountain Watershed Association

  • Loyalhanna View - Map

    Westmoreland County

    owned by Loyalhanna Watershed Association

  • Lutzville Cliffs Natural Area - Map

    Bedford County / Fulton County

  • Marshall Preserve - Map

    Westmoreland County

  • Mystic Valley Conservation Area - Map

    Crawford County

  • Nicholson Island - Map

    County

  • Nine-mile Island - Map

    Allegheny County

    owned by Golden Triangle Water Ski Club

  • Plain Grove Fens Natural Area - Map

    Lawrence County

  • Randall Reserve - Map

    Westmoreland County

    access to Four Mile Run; owned by Randall Reserve Foundation, Inc.

  • Shaws Landing Floodplain - Map

    Crawford County

  • Sideling Hill Creek Conservation Area - Map

    Bedford County / Fulton County

  • South Branch French Creek Conservation Area - Map

    Erie County

  • Tippery Meadows Natural Area - Map

    Venango County

  • Trunkeyville Access - Map

    Forest County

  • Tryon-Weber Woods - Map

    Crawford County

  • Utica Access - Map

    Venango County

    Visitor Information

  • Venango Riffle Natural Area - Map

    Crawford County

  • Waterfall Hollow - Map

    Venango County

    owned by The Foundation for Sustainable Forests, Inc.

  • Wattsburg Fen Natural Area - Map

    Erie County

  • West Ligonier Corridor - Map

    Westmoreland County

    owned by Loyalhanna Watershed Association

  • Wheelertown Flats - Map

    Erie County

  • Whites Creek Valley Natural Area - Map

    Somerset County