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Nottingham County Park
150 Park Road, Nottingham, PA 19362 · 610-932-2589
Located 4 miles south of Oxford off Route 1 Bypass in southwestern Chester County


What's happening at Nottingham?

 


The first Chester County Park, Nottingham County Park, was dedicated in September 1963. Read a staff member's recollection of how "It All Began at Nottingham".

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.

In addition to experiencing the remnants of the quarry and mining industries, you will find hiking trails, two small ponds suitable for fishing, volleyball courts, an informal ballfield, and horseshoe pits at each of the 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.

Ruins at Nottingham

 

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.

Typically, serpentine 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.















Pitch Pine

    

 

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