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Money Rocks Park, located near the Narvon Clay Mine, spans over 300 acres of woodland in the Welsh Mountains of eastern Lancaster County.
The pride of the park is a rocky spine of boulders called "Money Rocks", so-named because farmers in the Pequea Valley allegedly hid cash among the rocks.
The ridge offers beautiful views of farmland, towns, and distant wooded hills.
Cockscomb is another appropriately named outcropping of rocks a bit farther along the ridge. In the winter, the view from this precipice is equal to that of Money Rocks.
These lines of boulders are spectacular. The rocks are patched with lichens, mosses and ferns. Black birch trees dominate the surrounding woodland with a thick understory of mountain laurel, Pennsylvania's state flower. Ruffed grouse, the state bird, also lives here.
The Welsh Mountains harbor the second-most continuous forest left in Lancaster County, superseded only by Furnace Hills. Money Rocks Park preserves a nice part of that forest, which is in various stages of natural plant succession. A network of mining and logging dirt roads makes much of this wooded park accessible to nature lovers.
From New Holland:
Take Route 23 East to Route 322 East. Turn right and follow Route 322 East for four miles to Narvon Road. Take a right onto Narvon Road for one mile. The parking lot is on the right, across
from Alexander Drive.
From Route 30, take exit Route 23 East towards New Holland for 13 miles. Turn right on Route 322 East for 1 mile. Turn right on 897 South for 1.3 miles. Turn left on Gault Road for 1.9 miles. Turn left on Narvon Road for 1.3 miles. Parking lot is on left.
From Route 30, take Route 340 East for approximately 12.5 miles. Turn left on Route 897 North for 2.2 miles, turning right onto Meadville Road for 1.5 miles. Then turn left on Narvon Road for 2.0 miles. Parking lot is on left.