With the weather getting warmer, it’s the perfect time to get your kids outside. Make it a family adventure and head out to one of the fantastic parks of Chester County. You’ll find playgrounds, hiking trails, fishing, bird watching and animals. With of all these options, the biggest question is – where should you start? Here is a summary of what you can find at the various Chester County Parks.
Black Rock Sanctuary – Located at 953 Black Rock Road, about 1 mile north of Phoenixville on Route 113, Black Rock Sanctuary is a wonderful place for kids to observe wildlife. It consists of 119 acres of wetlands, woodlands and meadows. As one of many desilting basins found along the Schuylkill River in Berks, Montgomery, Chester and Philadelphia Counties, Black Rock Sanctuary offers a wonderful opportunity to relax and discover the history, geology, wildlife, plant life and habitats of the basin.
Hibernia County Park – Located 4 miles north of Coatesville off Route 82, Hibernia County Park offers over 900 acres of trails, woodlands, meadows, open fields, playground areas, pavilions, camping and picnic areas. If your kids love to fish, Hibernia has several options including the Brandywine Creek’s west branch, Birch Run and a children’s pond. The Park allows small boating and fishing on the 90 acre Chambers Lake. In addition, Hibernia Mansion is open for public tours on Sunday afternoons, from Memorial Day to Labor Day.
Springton Manor Farm – Located 5 miles west of Downingtown off Route 322, Springton Manor Farm is “kids paradise” for all things related to agriculture and animals. Springton Manor Farm has been in agricultural use since the early 1700’s. With over 300 acres, kids can take a guided tour, participate in “hands-on” farming activities, meet the animals and check out the Butterfly House. In addition, families can hike through an interpretive nature trail that ends at a catch and release fishing pond.
Warwick County Park– Located at 382 County Park Road in Pottstown, Warwick County Park is a great spot to just let your kids “burn off some extra energy.” The park has numerous trails and meadows for hiking, biking, horseback riding and bird watching. In addition, the day use area has single-family picnic tables – a great spot for lunch or dinner. The park also features two age-appropriate playground areas, a sand volleyball court and horseshoe pit.
With all of these options, the Chester County Park system can keep your family active all year round!