Explore Our Preserves
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.
Please Stay Safe and Healthy While Enjoying Nature and the Outdoors
Pennsylvania's statewide health and safety protocols permit outdoor activities for exercise during the COVID-19 pandemic, as long as those activities are done in a safe and responsible manner per CDC guidelines. As you hike, walk and enjoy our nature preserves, we encourage every individual age two and older to wear a face covering when outdoors with others who are not household members and unable to maintain sustained physical distance.
Additionally, please step off-trail to let others pass and continue to follow leave-no-trace principles.
Are you aware the Conservancy helped establish Ohiopyle State Park in the 1950s and nine other state parks? Did you know we recently 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 255,000 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 and visit Pennsylvania can freely enjoy these beautiful places for outdoor recreation and nature exploration.
In addition to the areas listed above, there are 28 other Conservancy-owned preserves that are open to the public for a variety of recreational uses. However, many of these places are wild, remote, rustic and more suited for experienced hikers and explorers. So, if you’re a little more adventurous – about 4,000 acres of wild areas await you.