Schnecksville, PA 18078
North Whitehall and Lowhill Townships
Trexler Nature Preserve hours are sunrise to sunset. Activities are prohibited in the Preserve after these hours. Please contact the PA State Police if you observe violators.
Dogs are required to be on leash and under control of their handlers. Dog handlers are responsible to remove and properly dispose of animal droppings.
Horseback riders are required to remove and properly dispose of horse droppings on trails and all other areas of the preserve.
Trexler Nature Preserve Environmental Education Programming
TNP Users Guide
This 1495 acre natural preserve is the largest park in Lehigh County and a diverse natural gem for residents to celebrate.
General Harry C. Trexler (1854-1933) contributed greatly to the growth and quality of life in the Lehigh County. General Trexler purchased 1,108 acres, in Lowhill and North Whitehall Townships to create a game preserve to protect bison, elk, and white-tailed deer. In 1933, General Trexler gave the land to Lehigh County in his will and it became the Trexler-Lehigh County Game Preserve.
Today, the Trexler Nature Preserve continues General Trexler’s legacy and vision. Additional land was added to expand the preserve to 1495 acres. A 2006 Master Site Plan outlined a vision to carry the preserve into its second century. In 2020, Lehigh County partnered with the Wildlands Conservancy, the Trexler Trust, the state and community groups on an updated Master Site Plan to enhance the future of the Preserve for the County.
Today, the Trexler Nature Preserve offers residents opportunities to explore and experience nature as General Trexler envisioned. The hills offer spectacular views of the Lehigh Valley. Over eighteen miles of trails offer wildlife observation, bird watching, hiking, walking, horseback riding, and mountain biking opportunities for enthusiasts at all levels. The Covered Bridge Trail is ADA accessible and provides access to the Jordan Creek for fishing. . Trexler Nature Preserve offers something for everyone!
A primitive camp site in the Central Range is available to scouting groups only. Contact the Parks Department for additional information.
Trexler Nature Preserve funding partners.
Lehigh Valley Zoo
5150 Game Preserve Road
Schnecksville, PA 18078
Located in the Central Range of TNP, the Lehigh Valley Zoo is home to more than 275 animals representing 70 species from A to Zebra. It is a peaceful spot for family or group outings. The Zoo offers a variety of educational programs for all ages.
Visit the Lehigh Valley Zoo website.