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Theodore A. Parker III Natural Area

124 Wesley Rd. | Colerain Township


This beautiful park is truly a hidden gem. Nestled in Quarryville and named after internationally known ornithologist Theodore A. Parker III, this short trail has so much to offer. The trail follows Stewart Run and takes you past large moss covered boulders, waterfalls and clear pools. The first half of the trial has steep hills that meander through the woods. After you pass the waterfall the trail levels and takes you along the tranquil stream. The whole park is incredibly peaceful. It's one of those places that has you saying "Wow, who knew this was here."

This in and out trail has parking lots of both ends. Each end of the trail offers drastically different hikes. The first lot is paved and starts on the portion of the trail that is quite steep and rocky. The second parking lot is a small dirt lot. The portion of the trail that starts at this lot is level and has few obstacles. If you are looking for a kid friendly hike, you will want to start here. This section takes you right along the stream, that is crystal clear and perfect for creek stomping.


Distance: 2.4 miles Out and Back Trail

Time: 50- 90 minutes

Terrain: dirt | rocks | water | wooded

Difficulty: Medium Rare and Medium Well

Activities: hiking | trail running | creek stomping | leashed dogs

Trail Blaze: red

Restrooms: no

Parking: mid-sized lot and small dirt lot



From Lancaster City take N Prince St./ US-222 S towards Willow Street

Turn Left onto Beaver Valley Pike to continue on US-222 S

Bear Left onto PA-372/ W State St.

Turn right onto PA-472 / S Lime St

Turn Right onto Wesley Rd.

Parking Lot is on the Right


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