Springton Manor Farm
GOOD FOR: All Ages

Source:Outdoors with Kids Philadelphia (AMC Books)
Address:860 Springton Road, Glenmoore, PA
Hours:Trails and grounds open 8 a.m. to sunset daily; butterfly house open June through September; farm tours available in summer (check website for hours and days)
Fee: Free

chesco.org/ccparks, 610-942-2450

Bathrooms: At park office, at farm parking area, and at farm during operating hours only
Water/Snacks: None

chesco.org/ccparks (click on Park Sites)

Explore a working farm and woods along the Brandywine Creek in this park that epitomizes Chester County’s rural landscape.

Springton Manor Farm
Photo by: Susan Charkes

Springton Manor Farm, a Chester County Park, invites families to visit a working farm set in a forested park that offers hiking trails, a fishing pond, and a large butterfly house (in season).

Start by walking around the farm and meeting the goats, sheep, and cows; guided tours will give you access to more of the farm. Some of the paths are paved and stroller-friendly. Below the farm parking area is a fishing pond (catch-and-release) that’s the perfect size for kids to learn on.

Penn Oak Trail, a 0.28-mile, paved, ADA-accessible interpretive nature trail, begins near the fishing pond. It winds past two huge oak trees that were growing here when William Penn arrived in Pennsylvania.

Indian Run Trail loops around the park for about 2.5 miles, along the creek in the woods and up and down the wildflower meadows and pastures on the hillsides. A hilltop observation deck provides views of the countryside. Other trails wind through the park and connect with one another to offer a variety of walks. Some trails are open to mountain bikes and horses.

The large butterfly house contains a huge variety of butterflies native to the area, along with their favorite food plants. In season, kids will love to walk among the fluttering insects; naturalists explain the life cycle of these beautiful creatures and how we can create gardens that help them thrive. 

In winter, the butterfly house is closed, but the park’s trails are great for snowshoeing or cross-country skiing if any snow is on the ground. A picnic area is near the farm parking area.

Remember: Pets are not allowed within the farm complex. Check the website to make sure the farm and butterfly house are open if that’s your plan.

Plan B:

Struble Trail, a multiuse paved trail, is great for family biking.

Where to Eat Nearby:

It’s best to bring snacks or a picnic.


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