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Christmas Rocks State Nature Preserve


Undoubtedly the most spectacular feature at Christmas Rocks is the scenic vista from the top of the formation known as Jacob’s Ladder. This Black Hand Sandstone formation towers some 250 feet above the valley of Arney Run.

The preserve also serves as home for several rare species including a population of the state endangered Bradley’s spleenwort (Asplenium bradleyi). Also present is an excellent example of a dry chestnut oak (Quercus prinus) ridge top with associated Appalachian species. This site has also been a favorite of birders due to the diversity of habitat and frequent use of the oak stands by neo-tropical migrants.

  • Open 1/2 before sunrise to 1/2 hour after sunset
  • Stay on designated trails at all times
  • Pets are not permitted. Complete list of rules.
  • No restrooms


4.5 miles of hiking trails


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Natural Features

    Available Trails