Portions of Nottingham Park closed due to Harvesting Activities
Visitors will experience the closure of approximately ½ of the natural area south of Black Run Creek beginning May 17th. Logging operations will commence at that time to harvest the standing dead pitch pine trees affected by the Southern Pine Beetle.
As indicated on the map, all the trails within and leading into the harvest area will be closed until these activities are completed. Signs and barricades have been put in place to effectively close that section of the park for the safety of park visitors.
Other sections of the park may be closed in the coming weeks for timber harvest operations. Visitors should check here or on Facebook often for potential closures.
About The Park
Dedicated in September 1963, Nottingham Park was the first Chester County park. Read a recollection of how "It All Began at Nottingham".
Nottingham offers nine pavilions, 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 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.
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.