Springtime is the perfect time to get outside and shake off those winter blahs! This winter has seemed longer than usual due to various public health restrictions and ordinances that went into effect last year. Now that some restrictions have been lifted and our community is taking steps toward positive progress, it’s time to get your springtime fun plans in order. To help you on your way, we’d like to recommend a couple of well-known local parks and a few hidden recreational gems that you can enjoy during the warmer months.
The very first park in Chester County, Nottingham Park has lots of familiar features like multiple playgrounds, a large fitness trail, and nine pavilions for picnicking and parties, but its standout feature – and the main reason to visit – is its incredibly rare and beautiful serpentine barrens. Found in three small areas of North America, serpentine is a light-green stone that’s so low in nutrients – yet high in metals – that most plants won’t grow near it. Due to this fact, Nottingham Park’s serpentine barrens are home to a variety of rare plants and wildflowers. The serpentine barrens are so breathtaking that Nottingham Park was recently recognized as a National Natural Landmark full of unique wonders.
Core Creek Park
Located in Middletown Township, Bucks County, PA, Core Creek Park is your destination for lots of great springtime activities. If you’re looking for some vigorous exercise, Core Creek Park showcases multiple ball fields along with regulation and child-size tennis courts. For more leisurely activities, you can enjoy designated nature areas, plenty of great fishing spots filled with bass and catfish, and boat rentals and activities. Be sure to check out their website for more information about any special events scheduled for spring and summer.
Located high on a hilltop in Cumberland Valley, Negley Park showcases one of the most spectacular sights in all of PA: a panoramic view of the Harrisburg skyline and the mighty Susquehanna River. A favorite spot for photographers and fireworks viewing, Negley Park has plenty of park amenities to make new memories, including picnic tables, grills, basketball, tennis and pickleball courts, playgrounds, and plenty of benches for sitting and soaking up those serene sights.
Two Mile Run County Park
If you’re eager for more than an afternoon trip to the park, Two Mile Run County Park is calling you. A beautiful 2,695-acre park with a 144-acre lake and 38 miles of trails, this gem of Venango County offers everything fans of the great outdoors adore: camping, boating, fishing, swimming, horseback riding, mountain biking, and more. An ideal springtime destination, Two Mile Run County Park is open year-round so you can experience its natural beauty every season.
These are just a few of the many great local parks and recreational spots in Pennsylvania – and there are over 600 more just waiting for you to discover them this spring. Before you head out to these favorites or any local Pennsylvania Parks for your springtime fun, be sure to visit their websites first to familiarize yourself with any public health protocols that are currently in place.