The Holtwood Environmental Preserve provides lakeside recreational opportunities and facilities for camping, hiking, picnicking, boating, sightseeing, fishing and hunting on more than 5,000 acres on both shores of the lower Susquehanna River in Lancaster and York Counties. The Holtwood hydroelectric plant and Lake Aldred demonstrate the successful combination of power generation, recreation, environmental education and land management.
PPL Holtwood also continues its support of a broad public-private initiative to preserve this beautiful land for generations to come by transferring land to the Lancaster County Conservancy. Read more…
Volunteers and staff at the preserve have created an extensive demonstration butterfly garden at the preserve, which also serves as a certified Monarch Way Station. The preserve also hosts annual butterfly counts for southern Lancaster County.
Next to Holtwood Recreation Area is an arboretum that has mature, labeled trees commonly found in Lancaster and York counties. An arboretum booklet is available.
The map shows important trails and special places at the Holtwood Environmental Preserve.
|1. Shenk’s Ferry Wildflower Preserve||9. Pinnacle Overlook|
|2. Pequea Creek Nature Trail||10. Kelly’s Run — Pinnacle Trail System|
|3. Pequea Creek Campground||11. Holtwood Recreation Area|
|4. Urey Overlook Trail||12. Face Rock Overlook|
|5. Otter Creek Nature Trail||13. Holtwood Dam Overlook|
|6. Otter Creek Campground||14. Lock 12 Historic Area|
|7. Conestoga Trail||15. Indian Steps Museum|
|8. Mason-Dixon Trail|
The Holtwood Environmental Preserve’s office is open by appointment only. Please call 1-800-354-8383.