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 landfill 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.
Features which make the area unique are: five lime kilns (one is shown at left) that once produced lime from limestone that was mined in the quarry; the site of a water-powered mill on the Quittapahilla 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 Annville Township to approve the creation of the Quittie Creek Nature Park. You can view a short video about the park that was developed by LVC students in 2013: Video About Quittie Creek Nature Park. An additional 11 acres of stream-side woodland, contiguous with the park at its eastern end, was added in 2012. A map of the park can be viewed and down loaded: Quittie Park Map.
The Quittie Creek Nature Park has become a bona fide point of interest in Annville and an attraction for Lebanon County and beyond. Its central walking path meanders beside the spring-fed Quittapahilla Creek, and sometimes your only company is the solitary great blue heron who fishes in the stream. Woodland trails take you past century-old oak and sycamore trees, through blue hyacinths, jack-in–the-pulpits, and white bloodroot flowers in the spring, up a steep serpentine staircase made of railroad ties, past historic lime kilns, and down into a deep quarry with a vernal pond filled with tadpoles.
View a Presentation: Quittie-Park-Slide-Show of a photographic collage of the Quittie Creek Nature Park.
And most certainly you will walk out onto the award-winning Raymond J. Swingholm Pedestrian Bridge, pausing to look at the Quittie from the unique vantage point it offers. The bridge 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.
You may even be one of the cross-country skiiers or showshoers who head to the park in winter. And none other than the Audubon Society recognizes the Quittie Park as an important birding site. In short, the Quittie Creek Nature Park is a local treasure: a place of nature, history, recreation, and serenity.
The park is part of a larger watershed that is monitored by the Quittapahilla Watershed Association.
The Quittie Creek Nature Park Committee holds annually a spring park clean-up, usually on the Saturday in April nearest to Earth Day. 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.