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Posted on: September 16, 2020

Pennock Woods Park

Pennock Woods

Pennock Woods Park has been seeing increased activity during coronavirus as people are in need of outdoor places to visit where they can be socially distant. Pennock Woods is a county-owned park, whose only entrance is half-way down Pennock Terrace, on the right side. This six acre park has no rest-rooms, or man-made amenities; it does have trails, trees, wildlife and, being the lowest spot in Lansdowne, access to the Darby Creek. The trails are maintained by neighbors, some of which are steep and uneven from wash-outs. This green space is home to a wide range of wildlife, including deer, fox, and racoon.  The park is also a natural bird sanctuary, home to a pair of breeding (barred) owls. Wood ducks nest in some of the tall, older trees, along with cardinals, sparrows, finches, falcons, red tail hawks, and pileated woodpeckers (of Woody the Woodpecker fame). Daily, we may also see bald eagles, osprey, king-fisher and large blue herons, some visiting from the neighboring wildlife refuge at Tinicum.

Since the last flood (it floods about three times a year), along the “beach," there is now a rocky layer of debris. You can still see the tiny fresh water clam shells, plenty of old bricks and creek-worn broken glass. Many kids love to go in the water, but you need to watch out for sharp pieces of glass. It is suggested that you wear old sneakers or water shoes if you want to walk in the creek.

Enjoy this wonderful park and please take out what you bring in. The Darby Creek Valley Association has volunteer days to pick up the trash that finds it way from upstream: tires, rims, shopping carts.  You name it, clean up crews have hauled it up to the trash can at the entrance to the park. Please "stay on the trails" as there is poison ivy, seven minute itch and other poisonous/itchy plants, along with some very nice plants, including spring beauty, mayapple and trout lily.

There is an interesting rock out cropping that some residents call “turtle head” for reasons that will be clear after you see it. See if you can find it (hint: the turtle head is the size of a Volkswagen Beetle).

Author: Jack Kelly 

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