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BEST PLACE TO SPREAD YOUR WINGS
Beechwood Farms Nature Reserve
FOX CHAPEL


photo by chuck beard
 

Spread your wings a mere 10 miles outside of the city at the Beechwood Farms Nature Reserve in Fox Chapel. Headquarters of the Audubon Society of Western Pennsylvania, the 134-acre reserve is open to the public from dawn to dusk seven days a week, 365 days a year, and it promises to connect people with nature. Depending on the season, chances are good you’ll see or hear a wide variety of the multiple species of birds that nest here: Mallards and Canadian Geese congregate around the pond with turtles and frogs, Indigo Buntings, Cardinals, Blue Jays, Red-shouldered Hawks, Scarlet Tanagers, Eastern Phoebes, Red-bellied Woodpeckers and Red-winged Blackbirds. Keep an eye out for the abundant wildlife, too. Those requiring handicap accessibility can enjoy the portion of Spring Hollow Trail that extends from the main building to the pond. Trail maps are available onsite or online.  

Trailhead
614 Dorseyville Road, Fox Chapel

Level of Difficulty
Easy

Dog-Friendly?
No

Kid-Friendly?
Yes

Mileage
3.4 miles

Don’t miss
The Treetop, a canopy-level deck that extends from the hillside along Spring Hollow Trail and offers sweeping views of the topography.
Learn more: aswp.org
 

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