Binney & Smith Preserve

Palmer Township, Northampton County

This 6.8+ acre preserve is bisected by the the Palmer Township Recreation Trail, part of the Two Rivers Trailway, and was acquired from the Binney & Smith Corporation in two separate pieces, the first in 1981 and the second in 1992. Principally located in the floodplain of the main stem of the Bushkill Creek, the preserve offers fishing access for anglers and a streamside respite for others.


  • Getting Here

    Off Edgewood Drive in Palmer Township, Northampton County

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  • Plantlife

    The forested buffer environment at Binney & Smith is populated by Shagbark Hickory, Hawthorn, Green Ash, Horse Chestnut, Tulip Poplar, Norway Maple, Silver Maple, Red Cedar and more. Flowering plants such as Jack-in-the-Pulpit, Swamp Milkweed, Wild Carrot and Burdock along with several varieties of fern also grow here.
  • Ecology

    Binney & Smith Preserve acts as a floodplain and riparian buffer to Bushkill Creek.

    Riparian buffers and floodplains are critical in filtering water and arresting sediments traveling across the surface of the water. They help to trap nitrogen, phosphorus and other pollutants that are making their way downstream. These buffers and floodplains are most effective when they are vegetated, forest cover providing the maximum benefit. Riparian vegetation slows floodwater, stabilizes soil, arrests sediments and protects downstream property. By slowing down floodwaters and rainwater runoff, the riparian vegetation allows riparian zones to function as a site of sediment deposition, trapping sediments that build stream banks and would otherwise degrade our streams and rivers. Riparian buffers also provide valuable habitat, food, cover as well as important travel corridors for a variety of wildlife.

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Questions or feedback about this preserve?

Contact Preserve Manager Michael Hock

(610) 965-4397 ext 132 – Mhock@wildlandspa.org