“Prairie Chatting” Along the Hopewell Big Woods Trail

Yellow-breasted chats and prairie warblers are two spectacular species of birds not often observed in southeastern PA, but they can reliably be found along the Hopewell Big Woods Trail during the breeding season.  Join DCNR Park Naturalist Jared Brandt and guides from the Valley Forge Audubon Society for a morning outing along this ADA-accessible trail which meanders – contrary to its name – through native meadows and hedgerows.  Indigo buntings and common yellowthroats also abound, as do panoramic views of the Schuylkill Highlands including the Oley Hills.

The trail surface along the HBWT is crushed stone and has an average grade of 3.7% which makes this outing appropriate for those with mobility limitations.  There is no shade, so sun-protective clothing and a hat are recommended. Please bring binoculars if you have them.

All experience levels and ages are welcome and encouraged to join us, including those new to birding and children (who must be accompanied by an adult.)  No restrooms are available on site but can be found at the Union Meadows East park just 1.3 miles away.


Jun 08 2024


8:00 am


French Creek Hopewell Big Woods Trailhead
165 Center Rd, Douglassville, PA, USA


Jared Brandt
(610) 582-9680