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Serpentine Barrens-Nottingham County Park

  • Jan 4, 2014 · 9:30 AM
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5 mi.     Class 2 (Rolling hills and some rocks on trail)

DESCRIPTION: Hike in one of only three areas in North America where an outcrop of rare, light-green colored rock called Serpentine exists. Serpentine is a geological anomaly because it formed deep beneath ancient ocean bottoms and became "perched" on the continents by movements of the earth's crustal plates. It has been mined for talc, asbestos, chromium and other minerals and used to build U of Penn. The barrens host rare plant and animal species and WWI ruins of a placer chromite mill. Trails and fire breaks are groomed but recommend boots. Refreshments provided at end of hike. Rain/snow or ice cancels.
DIRECTIONS: Take US 1 south to PA-272 Nottingham. Turn right on W. Christine Rd /Rt. 272 for .3 mi, turn left onto Cemetery road for 1.1 mi, turn left onto Park Rd for .3 mi and turn right into park entrance (cuts in on an angle). Turn left into first driveway (small park office at corner) to parking lot. Address is 150 Park Rd, Nottingham, PA.
Leader: Marjie O'Neill,[masked], cell (morning of hike)[masked]

IMPORTANT: Per PTC standard practice you will be asked to sign a waiver when you arrive at the meeting place. Hikers are expected to follow the PTC hiking guidelines ( Please review the hike description and decide if it matches your abilities. 

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  • Deborah L.

    Hike leader based cancellation on trail conditions which were poor.

    January 4, 2014

  • Mike G

    Sorry it was canceled was all set to brave cold,ice and snow.till next time hope to meet you all then.

    January 4, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I was so looking forward to this hike, but I am going to have to pass on this. I'm on the mend from an injury and should probably avoid the snowy/icy/hilly combinations....for now. Hope to join you soon though.

    January 3, 2014

    • Deborah L.

      don't despair - we have offered this hike before and will offer again!

      January 3, 2014

  • Deborah L.


    January 3, 2014

  • Lennie S

    I will be bringing a guest, too.

    December 29, 2013

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