Honey Hollow Environmental Education Center
GOOD FOR: All Ages

Source:Outdoors with Kids Philadelphia (AMC Books)
Address:2877 Creamery Road, Solebury, PA
Hours:Trails open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily; visitor center open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Fee: Free

bcas.org, 215-297-5880

Bathrooms: At visitor center (when open)
Water/Snacks: None

Explore woods, ponds, and meadows in a preserved watershed surrounded by working farms.

Honey Hollow Environmental Education Center
Photo by: Susan Charkes

Headquarters of the Bucks County Audubon Society (BCAS), the Honey Hollow Environmental Education Center has 7 miles of trails through woods, in meadows, and near ponds that surround agricultural fields. Set among rolling hills, the trails are relatively easy but still interesting for kids as they traverse a variety of habitats.

Honey Hollow is a National Historic Landmark. In the 1930s, six farmers banded together to protect 700 acres in the Honey Hollow Creek watershed, including their homesteads, as a way to reduce erosion caused by severe drought. Today, the property still includes working farmland and private residences. A 55-acre portion of the watershed is open to the public as part of the BCAS mission to promote conservation and education.

Trails are marked with posts in colors that correspond to colors noted on maps at the trailhead kiosk outside the visitor center and online. This is a good opportunity for kids to learn map-reading to follow the route. For almost immediate gratification of kids’ desire to be near water, take the lavender trail immediately off the main parking lot (stopping at the bird blind along the way) to the white trail, which leads down into woods and across a small stream on rocks. It continues through the woods and ends at the yellow trail, which goes around two farm fields. To stay mostly in the woods, turn off white onto orange, which connects to blue/green then green; follow the green trail down to another stream before arriving at the large, tree-shaded Audubon Pond.

Honey Hollow’s diverse, protected landscape makes it a rich habitat for wildlife—especially frogs, birds, and butterflies and other pollinators.

The visitor center is in a converted old stone barn. It has exhibits on local wildlife including “please touch” installations. The BCAS sponsors walks and educational programs at the preserve.

Remember: No pets are permitted. Trails on the west side of the preserve are closed weekends and holidays; these are the private residential areas.

Plan B:

Giving Pond Recreation Area has a pond for paddling and fishing, and an easy walking trail around the large pond.

Where to Eat Nearby:

Bring snacks to enjoy in the picnic area next to the visitor center, or you can return to New Hope for supplies.


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