Crow's Nest Preserve
Crow's Nest Preserve

This preserve is the gateway to the 73,000-acre Hopewell Big Woods!

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Crow’s Nest Preserve

Piersol Road
Elverson, PA 19520
Dan Barringer, Preserve Manager
610-286-7955

Parking: Piersol Road just north of Harmonyville Road

Our Crow’s Nest Preserve is made up of 612 acres of woodlands, meadows, and crop fields along French Creek. Crow’s Nest is the gateway to the Hopewell Big Woods, a 73,000-acre expanse of forest that reaches north into Berks County. Just next door, you’ll find French Creek State Park and Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site, making Crow’s Nest part of one of the largest areas of protected land in the region.

Highlights

trails 7 miles of unpaved trails ranging from moderate to difficult; connection to the Horseshoe Trail, a 140-mile hiking and equestrian trail that runs from Valley Forge to the Appalachian Trail
Birds Birds include Wood Duck, Wood Thrush, Red-headed Woodpecker, vireos, and warblers. Part of the Hay Creek/French Creek Forest Block “Important Bird Area” (a National Audubon Society designation).
Animals Animals include red fox, raccoon, and beaver
Grasslands Native grass and wildflower meadows with Indian-grass, big bluestem, and blazing star
Woodlands Mature woodlands dominated by oak, hickory, tuliptree, beech, maple, and spicebush. Nearly extinct American chestnuts sprout from decaying stumps.
Wetlands and streams French Creek, designated as an “Exceptional Value” stream, flows through the preserve
Agriculture Agricultural fields of corn, wheat, soybean, and hay
Historic sites Located in the North Warwick Historic and Archeological District. Features historic farmhouses and barns restored by Natural Lands Trust.

Amenities

Trail Map (print before you go)

Crow’s Nest Education Program

Your kids can get wet, dirty, tired, and inspired at our multi-sensory programs! Learn more

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