LCSWMA is pleased to open the Chestnut Grove Natural Area (CGNA), located at 37 Chestnut Grove Road in Conestoga. The 170-acre site was once agricultural farmland, then a soil borrow construction site, and now, with the support of the local community, a nature preserve.
LCSWMA invested $1.2 million into restoring this property to its native ecosystem and enhancing local wildlife habitat. From the beginning, our vision was to provide passive recreational opportunities for residents and visitors.
This perspective reflects LCSWMA's philosophy of community sustainability that includes building community open space. The CGNA is part of a larger initiative by LCSWMA to promote land stewardship.
The CGNA includes 25 acres of wetlands, 85 acres of grasslands and wildflower meadows and 60 acres of forest. Throughout the restoration process, more than 4,300 trees and shrubs were planted to enhance the natural environment.
Five interpretive panels placed throughout the property educate visitors about the American chestnut tree, wildlife, ecological restoration, wetland ecosystem and grassland ecosystem.
The CGNA offers about 4.5 miles of pedestrian and equestrian trails that showcase the diverse landscape. Additionally, visitors can access the Turkey Hill Trail, with extensions two miles north to the Enola Low Grade Rail Trail parking lot and three miles south to Safe Harbor.
The site is open from dawn until dusk and welcomes hikers, horseback riders and leashed dogs. For more information, download the trail map (please allow a few minutes for the map to load) and view event photos.