Looking for a paved trail that is family-friendly? Dodsworth Run Preserve in Upper Gwynedd is a brief (.43 mile) trail with exciting natural features that is worth a visit.
Visitors to the 9.4-acre preserve experience the beauty of the Dodsworth Run watershed, which flows into the Wissahickon Creek and contains meadows and wetlands. As you walk, you’ll see native grasses along the trail. Visitors in the summertime can spot hummingbirds, bats, and other pollinators.
Stop and linger at the preserve’s small, vernal pond. When this area holds water, it serves as a stopover for migrating shorebirds in the spring and fall. Birders have seen sandpipers and yellowlegs here. These birds travel great distances, and rely on natural sites like the Dodsworth Run Preserve to rest and refuel on their long journey.
In the middle of the preserve, step up into the Hawk’s Nest, an observation deck where you can watch for migrating birds and hawks soaring overhead. Interpretive signs will help you learn more about how to identify raptor species in flight. The Hawk’s Nest can accommodate six visitors at a time.
512 Dickerson Dr, North Wales, PA 19454 - Parking lot located off of Dickerson Road
SEPTA Regional Rail Lansdale-Doylestown Line - North Wales Station. Walk north on Wissahickon Ave, then left on Dickerson Road. Preserve is in .2 mi on the right.
Before You GoGeneral Trail Rules & Information
Dodsworth Run is a forever-protected parcel of land, meaning it will never be developed. Wissahickon Trails is grateful to Merck & Company for donating this land to the community in 2016.