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The first Chester County Park, Nottingham County Park, was dedicated in September 1963. Read a recollection of how "It All Began at Nottingham".
Please excuse our mess, but soon we will have a paved Fitness Trail! The trail will be closed November 16 - 20.
The Par-Course Fitness Trail has 18 exercise stations that allow you to choose the level of difficulty. You may also find an abundance of wildflowers around this one-mile loop, and at the nearby butterfly and hummingbird garden.
About the Park
In addition to experiencing the remnants of the quarry and mining industries, you will find nine pavilions. There is also an 18-station fitness trail and three modern, handicapped-accessible playgrounds.
The 651-acre park sits atop an outcropping of serpentine stone greater
then one square mile in size - one of the largest serpentine barrens on
the East Coast. It features former feldspar and serpentine quarries, and
numerous former chromite ore mines.
For its natural history and conservation efforts, the National Park Service recognized Nottingham County Park as a National Natural Landmark in 2008.
Today, concrete foundation piers from a placer chromite processing
plant are visible beside Black Run. The plant was built during World War
I for the recovery of placer chromite, probably for munitions.
Serpentine, a geological outcrop of rare, light-green rock found only
in three small geographic areas in all of North America, has soil so low
in essential nutrients and so high in some metals that most ordinary
plants will not grow. The barrens have their own community of plants,
some of them globally-rare, with practically no species in common with
the surrounding forests and fields.
barrens contain scrub oak, pine, cedar and unique wildflowers. Some
areas dominated by grasses are known as true prairies. Some areas with
scattered trees are known as a savannah, which can survive and prosper
with occasional fires.