Trexler Nature Preserve

1,108 acres — 20.0 miles of trails

What’s to love

Established in the early 20th century, the original intent of the thousand-acre Trexler game preserve was to protect the American bison, elk, and white tailed deer from extinction. The park opened its grounds to the public in 2004. And though these species are no longer considered endangered, the preserve still maintains habitats for a small population of both bison and elk. You can stop by and see them—just don’t get too close to their fences!

Today’s Trexler Preserve is split into 3 “ranges,” each providing its own variety of activities. Visit the animals at the Central Range, plus go fishing, picnicking, cross country skiing, or creek wading. The North Range has a mountain biking course, and is also open to archery hunting. The South Range is still mostly closed to the public, but features a covered bridge and kayak launch.

Tips and quirks

  • Stop by the Environmental Center and climb up to the solar roof for bird-watching and a great view of the landscape, including the Blue Mountains in the distance.
  • The 8.5-mile border trail encircles the whole preserve, and allows to you duck in and out of the different ranges where there are easier, paved trails.
  • Need more animals? The Lehigh Valley Zoo is right next door!

Last updated: March 1, 2019

A small disclaimer: This website is not affilitated with the City of Philadelphia, its parks department, local non-profits, or any state or federal organization. Opinions reflected here are solely the author's: a regular person who happens to enjoy hiking. Like all outdoor activities, hiking carries some risks (including medical and personal safety risks) and requires preparation and supplies. Routes and conditions may have changed since this post was written. Make sure you follow all posted rules and local laws, as certain activities (like off-leash dogs or leaving marked trails) are frequently prohibitied.