Tips for Visitors

Parking

Free parking is available in the Visitor Center parking lot.

Additional parking is available:

  • Along the left side of the entrance drive (Continental Drive) or
  • In the lower lots near the Captain James Moore Pavilion

 

 

Accessibility

  • The main floor of the Visitor Center, its restrooms and the parking lot are handicapped-accessible.
  • Strollers can travel easily on the paved main pedestrian road and the path around the pond. Most of the rest of the trails can best accommodate strollers with all-terrain type of wheels.
  • For convenience of all-weather walking, the trails are surfaced with gravel and linked by a paved pedestrian roadway. Many trails are quite flat, equally suited for a leisurely meander or a fast-paced walk.  

Simple Rules to Follow

Please follow these rules as a courtesy to other visitors and to protect the Preserve's habitats and native plants:

  • Pets are not allowed (even on leash) in the fenced portion of the Preserve
  • Please do not pick or collect the wildflower and other plants
  • Walk only on the trails
  • No fishing, hunting, swimming or cross-country skiing. No horseback riding, motorcycles, snowmobiles or off-road vehicles.
  • No bicycling on or off the trails. You may ride your bicycle or motorcycle up to the Visitor Center; a bicycle rack is provided.
     

Picnicking at the Preserve

You're welcome to picnic in the designated area located just past the entrance to the Preserve grounds, in the Captain James Moore Pavilion and adjacent grassy area. The Pavilion has electricity and picnic tables.

Anyone is welcome to use the Pavilion if it's not reserved. To find out about renting the Moore Pavilion for a group, click here.

We do not sell food at the Preserve. Bottled water is sold in the Visitor Center. There are many restaurants and convenience stores in nearby New Hope.

When is Peak Bloom?

You'll see a selection of our native wildflowers, trees, shrubs and vines in bloom at the Preserve from early spring through fall. To enjoy the most abundant show of what many of our visitors think of as the "wow!" wildflower show, we recommend visiting mid-April through early June.

Around mid-July, a wave of summer wildflowers appears, especially in our meadow. At the season's finale, mid to late August through frost, you'll walk among richly colored fall flowers, dramatic native grasses and glorious trees and shrubs in their brilliant fall foliage.

To learn more about what's flowering, check out What’s in Bloom.
 

Nearby Attractions

Once you've visited the Preserve, you have many choices for exploring the region. Bucks County, where the Preserve is located, and nearby Philadelphia offers plenty of activities for families and individuals. From beautiful gardens to historical sites to cultural events, to shopping, you're sure to find much that suits your fancy.

Just up the road from the Preserve is the quaint town of New Hope, renowned for antique shops, boutiques, art galleries and a variety of restaurants. Browse in the shops, enjoy a meal at an outdoor cafe and explore the Delaware River. Across the river from New Hope is Lambertville, NJ, which offers similar attractions as New Hope. 

Here are some websites that provide more information:

Bucks County Conference and Visitors Bureau
Peddler’s Village
Greater Philadelphia Gardens
Philadelphia Convention and Visitors Bureau
Philadelphia Vacation and Travel Planning Guide