Ferncliff Wildflower & Wildlife Preserve

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Ferncliff Wildflower & Wildlife Preserve

Ferncliff Wildflower & Wildlife Preserve is a 1.7 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Drumore, Pennsylvania that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and bird watching and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 1.7 miles Elevation Gain: 265 feet Route Type: Loop

dogs on leash

hiking

nature trips

walking

bird watching

forest

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

Ferncliff Wildflower and Wildlife Preserve is one of only approximately 600 National Natural Landmark sites. It has been recognized as a National Natural Landmark because of the exceptional old growth forest that has been maintained there.

hiking
over grown
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

GPS went funky. Finally found more of the white blazes. They haven't been used in a while. Best to stay on the old road unless you want to go bush whacking. The bridge that led up the ridge is also gone now.

1 month ago

Beautiful spot that is a hidden gem. There are actually 2 trails in the beginning. The regular trail that goes directly next to the stream, second is more difficult, directly across the stream from the parking lot. Walk up the road a little from the parking lot to cross, then you can easily see where people have walked. I took this trail in the beginning, and was a good workout. This leads to the white overlook trail as well, and meets back with the normal blue trail. Highly recommend!

walking
bugs
muddy
over grown
3 months ago

Beautiful spot. There are two tails that connect at the end. The left trail is more like a small road with gravel, stones and dirt (often times mud). It's a very light walk and quite pretty. It's perfect for a relaxed afternoon walk and or for those who enjoy the outdoors but are physically limited with what they can hike. The other trail is at times hard time find and follow being this who preserve is not often visited. This trail (other side of the creek) is a lot more hilly and potentially difficult for some. All is all it's a very pretty, peaceful and secluded spot that leads out to the river and railroad. There is a small shore with plenty of smooth rocks to skip and down the tracks is a large rock wich many jump off of in the summer to swim.

hiking
8 months ago

Make sure to walk along the railroad heading east towards Maryland. Bout 1/4 mile you find the best part 50 foot cliff you can jump off of into Susquehanna :) very fun rock is easy to climb from inside the river. Had a blast there.

hiking
bugs
muddy
over grown
rocky
washed out
10 months ago

I'm not sure what trail was here, but there isn't anything here that we could find. We walked up and down the road for an hour looking for a trail of some kind that followed the map provided on AllTrails, but there was nothing. It was a nice walk down the road, but very short and not really difficult at all.

hiking
bugs
muddy
over grown
rocky
Mon Apr 29 2019

had to walk along the road and where the map showed to cross to the vista, couldn't find a path! Good for families and dogs though!

hiking
Mon Mar 25 2019

Started off going over the foot bridge, doing the trail counter clockwise. Would have been very difficult after lots of rain or lots of fallen leaves. As it was it was a bit of a scramble but I could see the trail and the blue blazes even though they were faded. I don't think I reached the very last blaze described as a circle, but I did get to the top of the ridge. Nice view, blocked by trees but since no leaves yet, you can see the whole river and the other side. Came back on the road which was easy. Lots of mini waterfalls. Came to see flowers but was a bit too early for that. Will come again but might just stuck to road unless I want the extra challenge!

hiking
Sun Jul 29 2018

Approximately 2 miles to the river and back via the cabin road. Very little foot traffic. Nice and quiet along the creek to the Susquehanna. Would also be a good run. Trail to the right of the gate on the other side of the creek looks a little overgrown and steep initial climb. Look for the footbridge.

hiking
Mon Nov 13 2017

Beautiful rocks and stream views. nice level 30 minute trail to the river. I just followed the road also. does not Look Like the loop is used and it would be too steep for me anyway.

walking
Mon Sep 04 2017

Didn't see markings for the trail, so just followed the road the whole way. Will probably be very beautiful in the spring, very green and muddy today. Parking is limited - do not bock the gate, as this is how the local land owners access their cabins.

Sun Apr 23 2017

Gorgeous old growth forests in Eastern Pennsylvania!

hiking
Sun Nov 13 2016

The main trail from the lot to the river is easy and at one point was a road. The vista on to the river from the railroad tracks is quite beautiful and so is the creek. Trail beyond that is completely overgrown and eroded, borderline dangerous and to be honest without much to see.

hiking
Fri Sep 16 2016

Low traffic hiking spot along a creek. Trail was a little over grown in spots, but that is to be expected. We enjoyed a few paw paws from some trees we found. They were so good. Mid to late September is the time for them.

hiking
1 month ago

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