Upper Hopewell

History

Upper Hopewell Nature Preserve  got its name from an iron forge in this area from 1742 to 1803. Peter Grubb was ironmaster; this was the nation’s first tilt-hammer forge, producing fine-grain impact-resistant products. The Lancaster County Historical Society donated the property in 1994.

There are no established trails at this preserve. In summer, the only practical route is to walk in the stream.  The large parking lot here serves well as a trailhead for hikes to the Rannels Kettle Run Nature Preserve, and on the Horseshoe Trail and Conestoga Trail.

Land Management

This property is closed to hunting and fishing.

Watershed Facts

This small, triangular eight acre tract is surrounded by US 322, Dead End Road, and bisected by the cool clear waters of Hammer Creek.  Hammer Creek flows through the center of the preserve, on its way to Cocalico Creek, the Conestoga River, and the Susquehanna River.

Flora

Sycamore, elm, and tulip trees tower along the banks of Hammer Creek.

Fauna

Because of its boggy bottomland, the area does not lend itself to much activity beyond bird watching.

Seasonal Info

Summer: Beware an almost impenetrable thicket of wild grape, multiflora rose, spice bush, and poison ivy.

Directions

US 322, Elizabeth Township.

From Lancaster, follow PA Route 501 north through Lititz to Brickerville. Left (west) on US Route 322. Left on Speedwell Forge Road, then right on Pumping Station Road to a large parking lot on right.

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