About 12 miles of trails form a network within the 1,025-acre Boyd Big Tree Preserve Conservation Area, which straddles Blue Mountain. Its habitat of various large tree species provides homes for deep forest birds, especially warblers. In the summer and fall, the old field is filled with blooming wildflowers like butterfly weed. In late-July and early-August, the flowers also attract field birds and many varieties of butterflies.

About 800 acres of the conservation area are open to hunting, trapping, and the training of dogs during established seasons. Common game species include black bear, deer, turkey, grouse, rabbit, and squirrel. Hunting woodchucks, also known as groundhogs, is prohibited on the property. Dog training is only permitted from the day following Labor Day through March 31 in designated hunting areas. The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources and Pennsylvania Game Commission rules and regulations apply.

  • Pond Loop Trail: 1.2 miles
  • Lower Spring Trail: 1.1 miles
  • East Loop Trail: 1.9 miles
  • Creek Trail: 0.9 miles
  • Janie Trail: 2.8 miles
  • Upper Spring Trail: 2 miles
  • Coach Trail: 0.9 miles
  • Mockingbird Spur: 0.2 miles

Parking and Trail Access

From US-322, take the Fishing Creek Exit. Turn east onto Fishing Creek Valley Road (SR-443). The conservation area is 2.6 miles on the right.

Parking and trail access can be found off of the main entrance road, which is located off of Fishing Creek Valley Road.


Map courtesy DCNR

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