Preserves are lands owned by the Conservancy and managed to protect their conservation values. Many of these sites are open to the public.
Countryside Conservancy owns 510 acres of lands in Lackawanna and Wyoming counties. These preserves are managed to protect their natural conservation values, and most of them are open for public visitation from dawn to dusk year-round. Entry to Conservancy lands is free of charge. Please observe all posted signs and regulations. For an interactive map of the preserves click this link or scroll to the bottom of the page.
Bagley Preserve: acquired via donation by the Bagley Family in 2011. This 74-acre property is located in the City of Scranton, Lackawanna County. It is a combination of 3 parcels that border the Shepherd Preserve in “the Notch,” and extends up over the mountain down to the Morgan Highway.
Davis Crossing Preserve
Davis Crossing Preserve: acquired via donation by the Lackawanna Audubon Society in 2013. This 61-acre property in Overfield Township, Wyoming County, is partly wooded and partly wetlands, featuring heavy beaver activity. Located along Erhardt Road between Factoryville Sportsman’s Club and Lake Winola.
Fordham Preserve: acquired in 2005. A 22-acre parcel in Benton Township, Lackawanna County. Dominated by a beaver-dammed wetland and fringing woodlands. The wetland, which supports abundant wildlife, feeds into the South Branch of the Tunkhannock Creek. Access by permission only.
Forest Acres Preserve
Gardner Spencer Preserve
Gardner Spencer Preserve: acquired in 2017. An 82-acre property adjoining both our Ziegler Preserve and Lackawanna State Park. Bucolic fields, mature hemlock groves and a babbling brook are the main features of this brand-new preserve. Park at the Ziegler Preserve Trailhead on PA Route 438, 1 mile east of the Route 407 intersection, to access the Gardner Spencer Preserve. In partnership with the Lackawanna State Park Trail Crew and DirtSculpt LLC, 2.6 miles of machine-built hiking and mountain biking trails were recently completed on the property. Click here for a trail map or download the free mapping app – Trailforks. Please stay on the trails and respect any closures due to wet conditions.
Little Rocky Glen Preserve
Little Rocky Glen: acquired in 2004. A 26-acre property containing a spectacular sandstone gorge on the South Branch of the Tunkhannock Creek in Clinton Township, Wyoming County. Steep hemlock-clad slopes rise to either side of the gorge. This has historically been a popular fishing and picnicking spot; a picnic shelter was opened here in fall 2008. Open to the public dawn to dusk, April to November.
Click here to download trail map. No swimming or diving; please observe our rules and respect the site!
Quarry Ridge Preserve
Trostle Pond Preserve
Countryside Conservancy Preserves