Powdermill Nature Reserve

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Powdermill Nature Reserve
1795 Route 381
Rector, PA 15677

Nature Center Hours
Admission is always free. Black Birch Trail and Sugar Camp Trail are open dawn to dusk.
Click here for a map of the grounds and facilities.

April 1–November 15
Tuesday–Saturday, 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Sunday, noon - 4:30 p.m.
Monday, closed

November 16–March 31
Wednesday–Saturday, 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Sunday, noon - 4:30 p.m.
Monday and Tuesday, closed


Powdermill Nature Reserve is located in Rector on Route 381 in Cook Township, Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania. Powdermill is 55 miles east of Pittsburgh, off the Donegal interchange of the Pennsylvania Turnpike. For information, call 724.593.6105.

From the North
At the intersection of Route 30 and Route 711 in Ligonier, PA, take route 711 south 3.3 miles to the Rector/Darlington intersection. There are signs there for Powdermill Nature Reserve and Linn Run State Park. Turn left toward Rector and go 1 mile. At the bottom of the hill, before going over the bridge, turn right on to Route 381 South. Follow Route 381 South for 3.3 miles to the Nature Reserve headquarters.

From the PA Turnpike
Take Exit #91 for Donegal. After exiting the turnpike tollbooth, turn left onto Route 31 heading east. Follow Route 31 East for 2.7 miles. Turn left onto Route 381 North. Follow Route 381 North for 6.4 miles to the Nature Reserve headquarters.

Public GPS Coordinates 

The coordinates of Powdermill Nature Reserve's public buildings are in map datum WGS84. Follow your GPS device's instructions to enter these coordinates for driving directions.

If you have reserved a cabin or will be working in other private buildings on the reserve, GPS coordinates will be provided upon request once your visit has been confirmed.

Public Building  Latitude  Longitude 
Nature Center & GIS Lab +40.160 -79.272
Avian Research Center +40.164 -79.26