Explore the Iron & Steel Heritage and Recreation region located in and around the Hopewell Big Woods, one of America's finest natural preserves. Etched into the natural landscape of portions of Chester, Berks, Montgomery and Lancaster Counties in Pennsylvania are the remains of the iron industry that literally forged our nation. We invite you to enjoy pristine streams, woodlands and open fields and to explore historic villages, ironmaster mansions, and iron and steel history reflecting the contrast of technology and rural living in this region.
While urban areas led the political call for freedom and a new nation, our Iron Country, with its abundant natural resources, fueled it. We hope you will enjoy our suggested itineraries as you examine the Iron & Steel's many faces of freedom which began at Independence Hall in Philadelphia.
From National Parks to vineyards; 18th and 19th century hamlets and ironmaster plantations; to urban night life…we have it all! We invite you to explore at your own pace, and hope you enjoy our self guided tours blending history and recreation.