Crow’s Nest Preserve is made up of 600 acres of protected lands along French Creek. Its woods are representative of Piedmont flora, full of oak, hickory, tuliptree, beech, maple, and spicebush. Its meadows display native grasses and wildflowers, and on its crop fields, the tradition of Chester County farming continues. Crow’s Nest is the gateway to Hopewell Big Woods, a 73,000-acre expanse of forest that reaches north into Berks County. Just next door, you'll find French Creek State Park and Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site, making Crow's Nest part of one of the largest areas of protected land in the region.
French Creek, designated by the Commonwealth as an “Exceptional Quality” stream, runs through Crow’s Nest, and the preserve's streamside forest helps protect the creek’s water quality. Most of the woods in this area were cut in the 1800’s to make charcoal to fuel iron-making furnaces. Over the past few decades, the forests have regenerated and today represent diverse habitats, from dry, rocky, oak-dominated uplands to swampy floodplain forests. Visitors may see wood ducks along French Creek, hear the songs of wood thrushes, vireos, and warblers in the woods, and track the footprints of fox, raccoon, and deer or see signs of beaver construction.