B. Leeroy and Elizabeth Burkhart Preserve

Emmaus, PA

The ~34-acre  B. Leroy and Elizabeth Burkhart Preserve offers a very different hiking experience than Wildlands Conservancy’s other Lehigh Valley-based preserves. Visitors will find it is maintained in a more natural condition than its neighboring Dorothy Rider Pool Wildlife Sanctuary or South Mountain Preserve. Its dense understory provides habitat for a large variety of bird and mammal species, yet also allows for an easy hiking experience through gentle wooded hills.

This preserve was created through the generous donation of Elizabeth Burkhart in 1998 and expanded in 2015 through a donation from Judith Diehl.


  • Trail Map and Legend

Download a PDF version of the trail map here.

  • Getting Here

    Main entrance

    4950 South Mountain Drive Emmaus, PA 18049

Learn More About B. Leeroy and Elizabeth Burkhart Preserve

  • Plantlife

    Walk the trails under a mixed canopy of Maple, Oak, Beech and Tulip. Notable understory plant species include the unique hoods and bright berries of the Jack-in-the-Pulpit, the large umbrellas of Mayapple, and large flower spikes reminiscent of a fairy tale of Black Cohosh.

  • History

    This property has seen iron excavation, timbering, charcoal production and agricultural uses in the past, but has now been reclaimed by nature, providing thickly forested trails to meander.

  • Enhance your experience by downloading our FREE mobile preserve app! Learn about our preserves as you navigate their trails following points of interest! View upcoming events and share your experiences on social media – all right from the app!

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Questions or feedback about this preserve?

Contact Preserve Manager Michael Hock

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