About the Park

On Blue Mountain, in the greater Harrisburg area, Boyd Big Tree Preserve Conservation Area protects 1,025 acres of diverse tree species that are home to many deep forest birds, especially warblers.

A range of environmental education and recreation programs are available at the preserve, including hands-on activities, guided walks, and evening programs—all of which foster appreciation, understanding, and stewardship for the area’s natural and cultural resources.

Photo by DCNR

The area also extends a warm welcome to schools and youth groups, offering curriculum-based environmental education programs that can be arranged in advance by contacting the Memorial Lake State Park Complex office. Programs operate year-round, showcasing abundant wildlife and forest management practices within the conservation area.

Boyd Big Tree also boasts a network of trails, which make up a collective count of 10.5 miles. Whether you explore just one, or all 7, these trails are tailored to various skill levels and showcase some of the best sights the preserve has to offer, including a spring-fed pond, ridgetop views, wildlife, and some of the area’s largest trees. Learn more about the trails here.

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.

This map a guide of Boyd Big Tree Preserve and circular part of the map shows the roads around Boyd Big Tree Preserve.

Information and Maps courtesy of PA DCNR

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