Explore Our Preserves
Love birding, hiking or fishing? The Western Pennsylvania Conservancy welcomes you to explore nearly 14,000 acres of forests, streams, wetlands, open meadows and more in 16 counties.
The 13 preserves highlighted below are open to the public, free of charge, and are suited for nature lovers and outdoor enthusiasts to enjoy walking, hiking, camping, nature exploring, fishing, birding and more. We maintain 30 miles of trails on our preserves, located near cities and towns as well as in rural areas.
Most of these family friendly preserves, which we own and manage, have informational signage about the designated trails. Parking and trailheads are accessible from local roadways. Google maps for each preserve are available for you to find your way to enjoy nature.
Are you aware the Conservancy helped establish McConnells Mill State Park in the 1930s, Ohiopyle State Park in the 1950s and nine other state parks? Did you know we protected 17,000 acres for Elk State Forest? Some of the places where you enjoy nature, hiking, fishing or hunting are there because of our work.
Of the more than 260,000 acres of land the Conservancy has protected, more than 200,000 acres have been conveyed to the Allegheny National Forest and Commonwealth of Pennsylvania for the state public lands system. Today, millions of people who live in and visit Pennsylvania can freely enjoy these beautiful places for outdoor recreation and nature exploration.
In addition to the areas listed above, 28 other Conservancy-owned preserves are open to the public for exploration. More suited for experienced hikers and explorers, many of these natural places do not have designated trails and are wild and remote. So, if you’re a little more adventurous, about 4,000 acres of wild areas await you.