LCSWMA owns over 1,000 acres of land, most is located near the Susquehanna River. The land is used to manage waste in a sustainable and environmentally safe manner. But LCSWMA also views land as a resource for improving the livability of our community. For example, we partner with the Wildlife Habitat Council to create biologically diverse habitats and encourage native wildlife at our landfill property. We also create open space in our greater community.
Located near our Transfer Station Complex in Lancaster, Farmingdale Trail offers 3.5 miles of trails that wind through 70 acres of wetlands and woodlands. Visitors can take advantage of numerous scenic views, and enjoy a dog park with their furry friends.
A 14-mile recreation trail, the Northwest Lancaster County River Trail passes through 5 municipalities at the northwestern edge of Lancaster County. Here, visitors enjoy a variety of outdoor activities. In collaboration with other organization and municipalities, LCSWMA helped develop the trail, including the construction of the Shock’s Mill Bridge River Walkway.
Located in Manor Township, this trail (an initiative of the Lancaster Conservancy) offers spectacular views of the Susquehanna River and surrounding forests. With a variety of mature hardwoods and abundant wildlife, this 3.3-mile trail is full of surprises and an array of colors each season. Visitors can hike to the Turkey Point Observation Deck to view LCSWMA’s wind energy project up close.
The Chestnut Grove Natural Area is a 170-acre nature preserve located near the Frey Farm Landfill in Conestoga. This nature preserve offers 4.5 miles of walking, hiking, and equestrian trails that explore wetlands, grasslands, wildflower meadows, and the River Hills. This site offers visitors exciting opportunities to explore a critical habitat for local wildlife.
In 2010, LCSWMA completed renovations to the Rieber House, a historic farmhouse located on Frey Farm Landfill site. The Rieber House, first constructed in 1772, possesses both architectural and historical meaning in Lancaster County, and played a significant role in the founding of the United Brethren Church in Pennsylvania.The Rieber House is now used as a welcome center for visitors, a meeting space for public gatherings and an architectural exhibit to carry on the Rieber Family story.
The Historic Preservation Trust of Lancaster County presented the 2011 C. Emlen Urban Award for Preservation to LCSWMA for the restoration and renovation of the Rieber House. This award recognizes work that preserves historically significant buildings and places in Lancaster County.