226 Frogtown Rd | Martic Township
The hikes that this Nature Center offers are great for the whole family. Several of the hikes are easy enough for grandparents and small children. There are more challenging hikes for older children and adults, several spots for creek stomping, and plenty of places to picnic for everyone. It really is a great multi-generational spot.
This nature center that is part of the Lancaster Conservancy also features a Natural Playground. There are tee-pees, logs to climb and a footbridge over the stream. The Natural Playground is 2 acres of wooded space at the beginning of the Climber's Run Trail.
From June-October there are summer camp activities from 9am-2pm, and you may be asked to refrain from visiting. A schedule will be posted if this is the case.
Terrain: dirt | gravel | grass | water | wooded | rocks Difficulty: rare to medium well
Activities: hiking | jogging | creek stomping | fishing | leashed dogs Trail Marker: blue | white | yellow
Parking: mid-size lot
Climber's Run Trail (Meadow Trail) | 0.8 mile loop
Medium Rare | 15-30 min
This hike starts to the right of the nature center. This is a level hike on a cleared dirt path. It takes you through a wooded area, past tee-pees, and then into a meadow. After the meadow you come to the first stream crossing. There is a wooden bridge and several rocks that make the crossing easy. This is also a great spot for creek stomping. The trail continues on through the woods with several spots that take you into a clearing that has scout cabins and picnic tables. Toward the end of the trail you come to another stream crossing. To continue on this trail you must go through the stream and you will get wet. But you do have the option to go left that will take you to the Camp Trail and over a bridge and then back to the parking lot.
This is a short trail that starts at the Nature Center and follows a trail past the pond and over a bridge that takes you to the clearing with cabins and picnic tables.
Climber's Hollow Trail | .5 mile out and back
Medium | 15-30 min This is a nice little hike if you want a little more of a challenge. There are trails on either side of the stream (Climber's Run). They go over rocks and through trees until you get to the end of the property, where you turn around and go back. It is a beautiful scenic hike with cascading waterfalls. Access this hike by taking the Climber's Run Trail or the Camp Trail.
Cardio Trail | .75 mile out and back
Medium Well | 20-40 min The Cardio Trail isn't just a clever name. The difficulty of this trail really depends on what kind of shape you are in. Start this trail to the right of the maintenance shed in the lower parking lot. Go left up the hill, then left again to pick up the trail. It starts off as a steady incline up the hill, but once the trail bends it gets very steep. When the trail levels off you will see the remnants of Camp Snyder, a former Boys and Girls Club camp. There are several cabins and an over grown rusty basketball court. It's really a great photo opt. The trail ends at the edge of the property just after the basketball court.
From Lancaster city go south on N. Prince St/PA 222 S Right onto PA 324 S/New Danville Pike Left onto PA 324 S/ 741 E At the light at Cherry Hill Orchard go straight to continue on PA 324 S for 4.6 mi Left on Frogtown Rd. Road to Nature Center on the Right