The Lancaster County Conservancy will host a public launch event at Wilton Meadows Nature Preserve on Saturday, June 2, 2018, as part of the Riverlands Trail Festival and Lancaster Water Week.
Wilton Meadows Nature Preserve is a 45-acre preserve located on the east of Route 624 and the west of the Susquehanna River in the Wrightsville Borough and Hellam Township. The preserve sits on a hilly, rural area on the western bank of the Susquehanna River.
Wilton Meadows is the Conservancy’s first hike-in only preserve in York County and is accessible via the Mason Dixon Trail. The preserve is being managed as meadow habitat (early and late succession), with coppice groves of black locust trees, forested riparian buffers, and recreational hiking trails that offer loops from the traversing Mason Dixon Trail.
The launch event will begin with a three-mile hike that starts at High Point Scenic Vista and follows the Mason Dixon Trail to the preserve, mostly downhill. The hike offers scenic views as it traverses through meadows and woodlands and ends at the John Wright Restaurant. The Conservancy will provide hiker shuttles from John Wright restaurant from 10 a.m.-noon; the shuttles are free but pre-registration is required.
The Riverlands Trail Festival on June 2 includes hiking, biking, paddling and more in the Susquehanna Riverlands area. It will include live music and fun at Columbia Crossing and a Canoe Classic race.
Lancaster Water Week 2018, celebrates the unique waterways of Lancaster County, will be held June 1-9 and will feature over 20 events for public participation.