Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Take a hike around historic New Quarter Park on February 16


January 22, 2013
     Join Sara Lewis, New Quarter Park interpreter, for a three-mile hike around the park's trails on Saturday, February 16, to learn more about the many historical and natural features that make the York County park such a special place. The walk starts at 10 a.m. and will bring participants around the park's loops and back to the office by noon. The program launches New Quarter's 2013 "Saturdays in the Park" program, a lineup of events highlighting the many fun and interesting outdoor activities that await park visitors, including wildlife watching, geocaching, bluebird monitoring, disc golfing, acorn collecting, and much more. During the February hike, walkers will stop at each of the signs along the trail to learn a little more about the park's plants, waterways, history, geology, and other aspects of the area.
     The York County park is located on a peninsula of land surrounded by Queen's Creek and Cub Creek, which separates it from Camp Peary, Queens Lake, and Cheatham Annex. The 545-acre parkland includes diverse mature forest, ravine, and wetland habitats. The area was once an outlying farm attached to Carter's Grove plantation along with a half dozen other plots connected by Quarterpath Road. At New Quarter, crops were grown for shipment abroad and for sale in the open-air markets in early Williamsburg. Later, the land was largely unused, but saw the to and fro of troops during the American Revolution's Battle of Yorktown and the Civil War's Peninsula Campaign. Before becoming a York County park, the acreage was part of Camp Peary.
     Enjoy a Saturday in the Park to learn more about local history and the natural environment. Follow the Colonial Parkway to the Queens Lake exit and turn right at the bottom of the ramp. Travel a short distance and turn onto Lakeshead Drive. Follow Lakeshead for two miles to the park gate, then one more mile to the parking lot and park office.
      For more information, call York County Parks and Recreation at 890-3513 or New Quarter Park at 890-5840.
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