Annville’s Quittie Creek Nature Park is the pride and joy of both its caretakers and its visitors, as detailed in LebTown’s recent profile of the park. Before the fall season ends, we’re taking one last look around the creek and surrounding trails to document what makes the park special.
All photos by Will Trostel.
The park is located off Bachman Road. Its focal point is, naturally, the section of the Quittapahilla Creek that runs through Annville (the 17-mile “Quittie” also runs through Lebanon before emptying into the Swatara Creek near Palmyra). Though the park comprises only about 37 acres, it packs a lot in, with trails, ponds, mill ruins, and a pedestrian bridge all part of the offerings.
The park holds a lot of memories and remembrances of people and activities of the past. The Raymond J. Swingholm bridge, which connects Annville proper to South Annville, is named for a local biology teacher and park steward who passed away in 2019.
Other memorials of loved ones can be found throughout as well. The park is maintained by the Friends of Old Annville, a civic group that also promotes Annville history through events like Historic Old Annville Day.
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