Trail Area

Beechwood Farms Nature Reserve

About This Area

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Beechwood Farms is the headquarters of the Audobon Society of Western PA and contains 5miles of trails, a pond, and a natural play area. This gorgeous nature preserve is a favorite for families and an excellent place to for hiking and for playing. They also have a nature store and a native plant nursery and host various events for kids and adults of all ages.

With a number of short, intersecting trails, this is an excellent park for families with kids of all ages. They have also added a parking lot to access the pond, and have turned the loop around the pond into a gravel path to make this part of the reserve more accessible (and stroller friendly).

Area Features

Rangers No
Emergency support
within 5 miles
No
Nearby convenience store No
Trash Disposal No

Trail Area Highlights

The main parking lot is right near the play areas. The upper play area is a rocky/sandy area with a water pump and trough. They’ve recently added some trucks and buckets and various toys, but it’s not a bad idea to bring some of your own if you plan to spend time there.

If you head to the right past or through the water play area, there’s an overlook to your left, or continue on and head down the hill to an amazing natural play area, complete with a wooden treehouse-style structure, logs to climb, and tunnels to run through.

The pond is just beyond the nature play area, and the pavilion there has been recently rebuilt after a storm had damaged it.

The trails are all quite short and intersect, so you can easily take a short wander or a longer hike.

Trail Contributor

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Julie has been an Ambassador for Hike it Baby since summer 2015. She and her husband, Andrew, started hiking with Hike it Baby in January 2015, when their daughter was just 6 months old.

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