King Reserve

Description:

Current News-

Due to lead shot contamination, The Yellow Trail at the King Reserve is temporarily closed. Thank you for your patience while the trail is rerouted. Sorry for the inconvenience

Directions:
Crowfoot Road east of Sloan Elementary School.
 N 40° 27.212 W 079° 39.454

 

The King Reserve is the largest of the conservancy holdings. The 96 acres is shaped like a crooked dagger between Crowfoot and Mamont Road. The tip of the dagger extends across Crowfoot Road and adjoins the Sloan Elementary School property. Because of its size, this is the most diversified of the nature reserves with the greatest variety of plants. It features a small intermittent stream named Sylvan Run and a short section of a tributary of Haymaker Run known as Pearson's Creek. Meadows, shrub thickets, and both secondary succession and mature forest make up the remainder of the habitats. Access is from a parking lot on the south side of Crowfoot Road, which is close to the entrance trail on the opposing berm marked by a sign.  The 3-acre parcel known as Potter's Corner is adjacent to the King Reserve and shares the parking lot.

History:

Another of the parcels of land referred to us by the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy was a 95-acre parcel that had been in the King Family since 1879. The property adjoins Crowfoot Rod and Gun Club and is otherwise surrounded by residential areas. Mrs. Marjorie King Saco had rejected earlier offers to buy her property, fearful that it would be developed. She agreed to sell it to the Westmoreland Conservancy on a bargain sale basis to ensure that the land be protected.  $40,000 was raised from individual contributors and a Pennsylvania DCNR grant was obtained for $84,000 to help defray the cost of the purchase. The municipality contributed by building a small parking lot. Also, cash was donated by the Crowfoot Rod and Gun Club.