ChesLen Preserve
ChesLen Preserve

One of the largest private nature preserves in southeastern PA!

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ChesLen Preserve

1199 Cannery Road
Coatesville, PA 19320
David Castaneda
610-486-6288

Parking:

1. Lenfest Center, located at 1199 Cannery Road
2. Rt 162/Embreeville Road 1/4 mile north of Kelsall Road
3. Just east of Rt. 162 and Star Gazers’ Road

The 1,263-acre ChesLen Preserve—one of the largest private nature preserves in southeastern Pennsylvania—features sweeping agricultural fields, densely wooded stream corridors, and rare serpentine barrens. There are many points on the property from which visitors can gaze for miles in any direction and see virtually no signs of modern development.

In 2010, The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (PA DCNR) designated portions of ChesLen Preserve—specifically the Unionville Barrens—as a “Pennsylvania Wild Plant Sanctuary.” The program encourages the conservation of natural areas and native plants, and recognizes private landowners who serve as models of good conservation and stewardship of these special resources.

Highlights

trails 8 miles of unpaved trails ranging from easy to moderate
Birds Birds include Indigo Bunting, Downy Woodpecker, and Green-backed Heron. ChesLen is part of the Laurels, King Ranch, and Stroud “Important Bird Area” (a National Audubon Society designation).
Equestrian trails Horseback riding on designated trails under good conditions (not wet or muddy); horse trailers are not permitted
Canoeing and Kayaking Kayaking/canoeing permitted (call for more information)
Special Plants 9 acres of serpentine barrens, a rare habitat for at least 15 plant species of special concern in Pennsylvania
Grasslands Native grass meadows with broomsedge, little bluestem, and Indian-grass
Wetlands and streams 2 miles of the West Branch of the Brandywine Creek
Agriculture Agricultural fields of soybean and hay
Historic sites Stargazer’s Stone, a reference point from which Mason and Dixon made measurements as part of their historic surveying expedition

Amenities

Trail Map (print before you go)

State-of-the-art management center

We are pleased to introduce the new Lenfest Center at ChesLen Preserve, which opened in summer of 2013.
Learn more and see a time-lapse slide show

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Coatesville, PA
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