Mansion at Succop Nature Reserve

Succop Nature Reserve: A weekday road trip located in Butler County, Pennsylvania

Sometimes the most scenic roads in life are the detours you didn’t mean to take.

-Angela N. Blount

 I drove to Butler County yesterday to take photos for a blog post. Fall is at the heels of summer and it felt good to put on my favorite sweater, throw my camera in the car, and drive. After leaving the business, I meant to head home. However, life as we know it takes you in other directions. My GPS took a vacation that afternoon and I was lost on some of the most beautiful winding roads. I want to share with you a place that I discovered by accident that day. It is called Succop Nature Reserve and you can find it along Route 8 in Butler County. 

Blue Crane at Succop Nature Reserve: Gotravelfindsoul

Located off of Route 8 and next to the Butler County Airport, the reserve is a 30 minute drive from the Pittsburgh area. With over 50 acres, it has a long history dating back to 1805. The Audubon Society now manages the property. You’ll find dog friendly trails, two lakes, and a mansion that is host to weddings, meetings, and parties. There is also an outdoor covered area that is used for weddings and special events. It sits alongside a lake complete with weeping willows and flowering bushes. That day, I spotted a Blue Crane along the water. In addition, there is a large renovated barn that holds environmental learning classes for adults and seniors.

Mansion at Succop Nature Reserve: Gotravelfindsoul

The reserve has a little bit of something for everyone. It is a great place to let the kids explore. You can get some exercise on the trails or just sit back and relax. It’s perfect for just about anyone who needs a change of scenery, and space. 

Succop Nature Reserve: Gotravelfindsoul

Along Route 8 there are many farmers markets. They are a great place to stop after visiting the reserve. I have visited two of them listed below.

Freedom Farms Market The last time that I visited, I heard a woman ordering a homemade tomato basil pie. It sounded incredible. There are baked goods, local honey, syrups, and produce. For those who are gluten free like me, they have a great selection of fresh soups and salads to go. One of my favorite stops.

Harvest Valley Farms Another great find on your way home. They have some of the best homemade pies,  local produce, spices, herbs, teas, and cheeses.

The next time that we go, Howard our Corgi might come along to walk the pet friendly trails at the reserve.

In the meantime, here’s to getting lost on beautiful back roads. You never know what you might find!

Happy road trip!

Barn at Succop Nature Reserve: Gotravelfindsoul
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