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Trexler Nature Preserve

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Game Preserve Road

Schnecksville, PA 18078
North Whitehall and Lowhill Townships


Geiger’s covered bridge will close to ALL PUBLIC use on Monday January 24th until mid-June for major repairs. 

During the bridge closure, access to the area can be made using these directions.

From Rt 309 preserve patrons may continue access to the preserve by using the trailhead parking at the Trexler Environmental Center on Orchard Road or the Central Range trailhead parking area on Old Packhouse Road.

ALL Central Range main entrance & Zoo patrons from Rt.309 should use Game Preserve Road.

From the West please use the South Range trail head parking on Jordan Road, near the intersection of Old Packhouse, Jordan Road & Ruheton Hill Roads.

The very popular Covered Bridge Trail will not have a return loop across the bridge during this time!

Covered Bridge Trail ADA patrons should use the accessible parking facilities at the picnic area located near the FORD.

We apologize for any inconvenience this may create but the work is necessary to facilitate the refurbishment of the historic Geiger’s Covered Bridge.

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.

Trexler Nature Preserve Environmental Education Programming

TNP Users Guide


General Harry C. Trexler (1854-1933) contributed a great deal 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.

A century after the land was purchased; the Trexler Nature Preserve continues General Trexler’s legacy and vision. A 2006 Master Site Plan outlined a vision to carry the preserve into its second century. Lehigh County partnered with the Wildlands Conservancy, the Trexler Trust, the state and community groups to transform the Master Site Plan visions into reality.

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. Eighteen miles of trails offer wildlife observation, bird watching, hiking, walking, horseback riding, and mountain biking opportunities for enthusiasts at all levels. The ADA trail provides access to the disabled and the Jordan Creek is a venue for fishing and picnics. Trexler Nature Preserve offers something for everyone!

A camp site in the Central Range is available to scouting groups only.  Contact the Parks Department for additional information.

Trexler Nature Preserve funding partners.

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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.