In 1989, a group of concerned Annville citizens approached the Annville Township commissioners with the impending problem of misuse of an abandoned quarry located along the Quittapahilla Creek. A land fill was being formed in what is now determined to be a wetland area. Interest was spurred to use the approximately 23 acre woodland area and quarry as a passive recreation area for the citizens of Annville and the surrounding communities. This site supports shallow pond flora and fauna and is a nesting site for ducks. Walking paths intersect the area, connecting it with both Annville and South Annville neighborhoods. Other features which make the area unique are: five lime kilns (at left) that once produced lime from limestone that was mined in the quarry; the site of a water-powered mill on the Quitapahilla Creek that ground the lime to a fine powder for use as a fertilizer and an essential component of cement; a huge lime hill (the remains of the limestone operation): and the presence of a restored trout stream. The fact that the township owned the land, which could be utilized for the citizens of Annville, prompted the Quittie Park Committee, under the auspices of the Friends of Old Annville, to request a resolution from the township Authority to approve the creation of the "Quittie Creek Nature Park." See the map for details about the park.
You can view a short video about the park that was developed by LVC students in 2013: Video About Quittie Creek Nature Park.
The nature park is a favorite spot for trout fisherman, artists and bird watchers. The walkers find much pleasure in the scenery along the creek, which is the home to a pair of herons, the kingfisher and many other birds . Wildflowers are abundant in the spring and fall. The park is part of a larger watershed that is monitored by the Quittapahilla Watershed Association.
The Raymond J. Swingholm pedestrian bridge across the creek was erected during the fall of 2007, connecting Annville and South Annville Township. The construction of the bridge was carried out under the Transportation Enhancement Program of PENNDOT and with grant support from the PA Department of Community and Economic Development. Additional funds were received through private donations to the Quittie Creek Nature Park.
Current Seasonal Activities
A pumpkin walk is held on the last Friday in October from 7 to 9 P.M. Rain or Shine. It is for young children from 4 to 12. All children must be accompanied by a parent. It is free for the community but donations are welcome and go to the upkeep of the park.
"Let every man praise the bridge that carries him over” English Proverb