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Boyd Big Tree Preserve Conservation Area

The 1,025-acre Boyd Big Tree Preserve Conservation Area straddles Blue Mountain and is the habitat of large trees of numerous species, which are homes for deep forest birds, especially warblers.

During the summer and fall, the old field is filled with blooming wildflowers like butterfly weed.

During late-July and early-August, the flowers attract field birds and many varieties of butterflies.

Seasons and Hours

The park is open every day of the year, sunrise to sunset. Day use areas close at dusk.

Contact the Memorial Lake State Park office for facility seasons and hours.

A Pennsylvania shaped map that shows the location of Boyd Big Tree Preserve Conservation Area


From US 322 , take the Fishing Creek Exit.

Turn east onto Fishing Creek Valley Road (SR 443).

The conservation area is 2.6 miles on the right.

GPS Decimal Degrees: Lat. 40.35907 Long. -76.86732

A circular map that shows the roads surrounding Boyd Big Tree Preserve Conservation Area

What is a Conservation Area?

This designation is for land donated to DCNR's Bureau of State Parks and managed for the purposes of:

  • Preserving open space
  • Conserving natural resources
  • Providing opportunities for passive, non-motorized, low-density outdoor recreation and environmental education activities

A conservation area is characterized as a large area with few improvements and no through roads. Recreational facilities and development are minimal.

Conservation areas are used for:

  • Low-impact recreation
  • Outdoor classrooms
  • Examples of proper stewardship and resource management

The donation of land can be covered by a restrictive covenant.

What is a Restrictive Covenant?

A restrictive covenant is a condition that is written into a deed, either by the seller or person donating the property, that must be adhered to by the person or organization that assumes possession of the property.

Some of the restrictive covenants placed on the transfer of this property include:

  • The land is intended for use, enjoyment, and education of all citizens of the commonwealth. Environmental, outdoor, and forest resources management education will be emphasized.

  • Only passive recreational activities will be allowed. Horseback riding, biking, and motorized equipment are prohibited except for the official use equipment and accommodations for disabled people, are prohibited.

  • Acceptable forestry practices will govern resource management. Generally, only dead and downed trees should be harvested, except on forest demonstration areas.

Learn, Experience, Connect

The Boyd Big Tree Preserve Conservation Area offers a wide variety of environmental education and recreation programs.

Participants gain appreciation, understanding, and develop a sense of stewardship toward natural and cultural resources through:

  • Hands-on activities
  • Guided walks
  • Evening programs

Curriculum-based environmental education programs are available to schools and youth groups.

Group programs must be arranged in advance and may be scheduled by calling the Memorial Lake State Park Complex office.

Programs are offered year round. Many programs feature the abundant wildlife and forest management practices that can be seen in the conservation area.

Access for People with Disabilities

This activity or structure is ADA accessible. If you need an accommodation to participate in park activities due to a disability, please contact the park you plan to visit.

In an Emergency

Call 911 and contact a park employee.

Directions to the nearest hospital are posted on bulletin boards.

Nearest Hospital

UPMC Pinnacle Harrisburg
111 South Front Street
Harrisburg, PA 17101

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