This peaceful wooded preserve is owned by the Natural Lands Trust, one of the region’s oldest and most comprehensive conservation organizations. Side note: the Trust manages 42 separate pieces of land, but for visitors, it recommends a shortlist of 18 of the most accessible preserves—there’s even an app to help you find one close to you!
The Saunders Woods Preserve itself isn’t large, and its hiking trails form an easy loop around an open meadow (where dozens of new saplings are currently being cultivated) and through the woods along the banks of an unnamed (but very picturesque) tributary of the Schuylkill. As you explore, you’ll find birdhouses, trails lined with wildflowers, and a 19th century barn and springhouse.
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Last updated: December 31, 2018