Explore the Watershed

Camp Woods

    Trail Head

    End of Mason Dr, Blue Bell, PA 19422

    Length

    1.5 Miles

    Difficulty

    Moderate

    Amenities

    Leashed dogs, Parking, Historic Site, Equestrian Trail

Trail Overview


This 38-acre preserve is remarkable for its towering trees (some nearly 100 feet tall) and centuries-old history; George Washington’s army camped here during the Revolutionary War. A visit to Camp Woods allows you to step into nature and step back in time.  

 

There are two options for entering Camp Woods:

 

1) Begin your journey at Armentrout Preserve. Follow the trail nearest Morris Road as it crosses a private driveway and enters Camp Woods.

 

2) Take Lewis Lane to Miles Drive to Mason Drive in Whitpain Township. Access to Camp Woods is marked by a sign at the edge of the woods. From the end of Mason Drive, walk straight back to the sign. The property owner has granted a crossing for the purpose of public access to Camp Woods. Please be mindful that you are walking on private property. 

 

Once in Camp Woods, you’ll enjoy a 1.5-mile natural, unpaved trail system used by walkers and equestrians. Follow the Mayapple trail through the forested portion of the preserve - where tulip poplar, American beech, and oak trees grow tall - then connect to the Honeysuckle trail to walk through thickets of young trees and patchy meadows, and alongside a small groundwater wetland.

 

Many wildlife and insect species thrive at Camp Woods, including forest birds like pileated woodpeckers, wood thrushes, and red-shouldered hawks, as well red roxes (keep an eye out for their dens in the forest), and amphibians and reptiles, like red-backed salamanders and eastern box turtles.

 

During your visit, don’t miss our deer exclosure, found just off of the Mayapple trail, in which native plants grow abundantly, safely fenced-off from grazing deer. This area demonstrates what a healthy forest should and would look like, in the absense of over-browsing herbivores.

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Trail Details
  • Parking

    Park curbside at the end of Mason Drive. Follow the path of the dead-end road toward the preserve sign to reach the trail head

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  • Other Info

    Connect to Armentrout Preserve via connector path from the preserve’s Northeast corner along Morris Road.

Trail History

A Link to the Revolutionary War

These woods were purchased by Abraham Dawes in 1713. During the Revolutionary War, the Continental Army camped here for 16 days and buried their dead nearby. Because of its history, trees have been preserved at Camp Woods since the Revolutionary War. In a wonderful act of generosity, Abraham Dawes' descendants donated the land to Wissahickon Trails in 1990.

Jamie Stewarti