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Kellys Run Nature Preserve

Street Road | Martic Township


This hike can be challenging at times, but the amazing scenery more than makes up for it. Kellys Run is part of the Lancaster Conservancy and a portion of the trail serves as a section of the Conestoga Trail. The trail follows and crosses over a tranquil stream (Kellys Run) as you climb across boulders and meander through rhododendrons. Another portion of the trail takes you through an open field. On a sunny day it makes you feel like you are at the top of the world.

The preserve is also host to an innovative project that is turning 14 acres of an abandoned community park into a pollinator and wildlife habitat. The Pollinator Park is a refuge for native bees and pollinators including the rare monarch.

This is a great trail for a work out. The many types of terrain add to the challenge. I like to start the trail to the right of the pavilion, going counter clockwise. The first half is mostly shaded and takes you downhill. There are multiple stream crossings and you do have to climb over some pretty big rocks. Halfway through the hike you will come to a bare bones abandoned bridge. DO NOT CROSS THE BRIDGE. The trail is to the left of the bridge and crosses over the stream. The second half is where you are able to push yourself. Hiking up the paved utility road is not for the faint of heart. It also feels like you are in a scene from the Walking Dead (don’t worry I haven’t seen any zombies, yet). If you hike this trail in late summer you can also enjoy amazing wild wine berries.


Distance: 3.8 mile loop

Time: 1 ½ to 2 ½ hrs

Terrain: dirt | rocks | water | paved | grass

Difficulty: medium well to well

Activities: hiking | trail running | creek stomping

Trial Marker: Blue



US 222 S/ PA 272 S (3.7 mi).

Straight on PA 272 S/Willow Valley Pike (8.6 mi)

Right on PA 372 W

Right to stay on PA 372 W (4.8 mi)

Right onto River Road (.4 mi)

Continue on Old Holtwood Rd. to Holtwood Recreation Area


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1 Comment

Unknown member
Jul 23, 2022

My favorite trail. I like to do it clockwise though - I would hate to have to walk up that long slow incline on the abandoned road.

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