Bowman's Hill Wildflower Preserve, New Hope

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Bowman's Hill Wildflower Preserve is a 134-acre nature preserve, botanical garden, and accredited museum located at 1635 River Road (Pennsylvania Route 32), New Hope, Pennsylvania. It is open daily, except for major holidays, April–June, and closed on Mondays July–March; an admission fee is charged to nonmembers. A non-profit organization, Bowman's Hill Wildflower Preserve Association Inc., maintains the park in accordance to a management agreement with the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources and the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission.

Today, the preserve contains 700 of the 2,000 plant species native to Pennsylvania and the Delaware Valley, growing in a naturalistic setting of woodlands, meadows, ponds, and Pidcock Creek, with about 4.5 miles of walking trails. It is an excellent site for bird-watching. The visitor center includes a collection of nearly 100 taxidermic birds, over 200 nests, and some 600 eggs, given in 1972 by local ornithologist Charles Platt and displayed in dioramas, exhibit cases and photographic panels.

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  • So many flowering trees were in bloom, I expected more of the early flowers to be up, but the majority were marsh marigolds, with a sprinkling of Jacobs ladder, even fewer trout lily. Oh well.  more »
  • Bowman's Hill was a great Saturday activity. I imagine if we went early in the summer and spring there would have been more wildflowers but even in August it was a nice trip. There are plenty of...  more »
  • Beautiful place to do some light hiking. Reasonable pricing on native plants and a very interesting history. The Membership price is also very reasonable and is good for access to over 100 other nature preserves around the country. Highly recommended to visit.
  • Amazing spot to go to for the day. Pack and lunch, put on your sneakers, get a bottle of water and just soak up the beauty. Great programs for kiddos.
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