Nicknamed the “Quittie,” this 16.8-mile-long waterway rises east of Lebanon City and flows westward through Lebanon and Annville until joining the Swatara Creek northeast of Palmyra. Its central walking path meanders beside the spring-fed Quittapahilla Creek, a restored trout stream. As you walk along the streamside path, at times your only company is the solitary great blue heron who fishes in the stream. Woodland trails take you past the century-old oak and sycamore trees, through blue hyacinths, jack-in–the-pulpits, and white bloodroot flowers in the spring, up a steep serpentine staircase made of railroad ties, and down into the deep quarry with a vernal pond filled with tadpoles.
History is evident in five existing lime kilns (one is shown under snow above on the right) that once produced lime from quarry limestone, the site of a water-powered mill on the Quittapahilla Creek that ground the lime for use in fertilizer and cement, and in the remains of a weir dam on the Quitapahilla that was used to provide deep water for pumping to elevated water tanks north of Annville.
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Quittie Creek Nature Park
Annville, Pa 17003