Nearly 800 of 2,000 native Pennsylvania species may be viewed at Bowman’s Hill Wildflower Preserve. Over 80 species within the collection are rare, threatened, or endangered native plants and designated Plants of Special Concern in the state.
A surrounding fence protects 100 of its acres from deer intrusion. Its position on the north side of Bowman’s Hill makes a pair of binoculars helpful with the preserves collection of more than 1,000 species of native perennial woodland wildflowers. Its shrubs, trees, and ferns attract a mixed bag of birds. From April to October 1 hour Wildflower Walks are offered Tuesday through Sunday.
The 134-acre wildflower area has a visitor’s center, native plant and indoor exhibits, with a dozen hiking trails. The preserves location is 40 miles northeast of Philadelphia near the Delaware River in southeastern Pennsylvania.
Simple rules insure the health of preserve habitats and native plants. Picking or collecting of wildflowers is not permitted in the preserve. Trails are for walking use only with bicycles prohibited. Pets are not allowed within the fenced perimeter of the preserve. Picnicking is permitted only in front picnic pavilion outside fencing.
Bowman’s Hill Wildflower Preserve
1635 River Road New Hope, PA
April – October
Daily 8:30 AM – sunset
Daily 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Guided tours depart daily at 2:00 PM
Seniors and students with ID $3.00
Children 4-14 $2.00
Under 4 free
Washington Crossing Historic Park at 1112 River Road is 7 miles south of Bowman’s Hill Wildflower Preserve. As it name suggests the park was the point from where General George Washington crossed the Delaware River with the Continental Army and militia on Christmas night 1776. This was necessary to advance to Trenton New Jersey. The park grounds are open daily.
New Hope is a borough of 2,528 population, 2.4 miles north of Bowman’s Hill Wildflower Preserve. It is west of the Delaware River near its joining with the Aquetong Creek. The Lenape Indians named the creek Aquetong meaning ‘place of the pine trees’. The economy of New Hope depends on tourism with antique shops, art galleries and restaurants.
New Hope is on the route of Old York Road, originally the main highway between Philadelphia and New York City. Nearly the halfway point of the journey, travelers often stayed overnight crossing the river by ferry the following day.
Bowman’s Hill Wildflower Preserve is a 5 ½ hour drive of 300 miles from Rochester NY. Drive south on US 390 to Binghamton NY. Drive south on US 81 into Pennsylvania, then east of US 80 after Wilkes-Barre into New Jersey. Drive south route 46 and south on route 31, and route 202 into New Hope.
Here is what one visitor thought of their visit to the preserve.
“This is an absolutely lovely preserve!! I can't wait to go back in the spring.”