Here’s a Little Bit About Cranberry Township

Cranberry Township was founded in 1804 and was named for the native wild cranberries growing along Brush Creek. Today, Brush Creek flows through the Sherwood Oaks campus; but you will no longer find cranberry bushes on campus.

You will, however, find cranberry plants flourishing a short distance away in the gardens at the Cranberry Municipal Building. Brush Creek winds through the upper campus, which is a wooded area with lovely trillium plants. Brush Creek feeds the two lakes that are situated on our 84 acre campus.

Recently, Cranberry Township approved a Bike and Pedestrian Connections Plan that is designed to increase existing biking and walking trails, as well as link them with trails in neighboring communities. Visit to view the Bike and Pedestrian Connection Plan.

Frequently Sherwood Oaks invites Cranberry Township officials to visit and discuss the larger community’s services and plans for the future.

One reason for the Township’s tremendous growth is its location. Serving as the intersection of Interstate 76 (the Pennsylvania Turnpike) and Interstate 79, Routes 19 and 228, Sherwood Oaks is accessible from virtually anywhere. The completion of Interstate 279 cut travel time to Pittsburgh to under half an hour.

Although experiencing a great deal of growth over the past 30 years, Cranberry still has a small-town feel.

Cranberry Township enjoys a place in history, as George Washington and guide Christopher Gist reportedly traveled through Cranberry Township prior to the French and Indian War.

Sherwood Oaks is located in Cranberry Township; a vibrant community just north of Pittsburgh.  Here are some of its features:

  • Population: est. 28,098
  • Land Size: 22.8 square miles
  • Cranberry Community Park, Sportsplex at Graham Park, North Boundary Park, Rotary Dog Park, Skate Park Waterpark
  • An extensive public library that welcomes over 182,000 visitors each year. This public library supplements the Sherwood Oaks library, which contains over 7,000 volumes.
  • Cranberry Township enjoys a Moody Aa2 rating
  • Athletic associations for baseball, football, soccer and softball
  • Cranberry Highlands Golf Course
  • Access to major highways including Interstates 79, 279, 76 (PA Turnpike) and Routes 19 and 228.

In addition to its proximity to the city of Pittsburgh, Sherwood Oaks is just minutes from The Cranberry Mall. For a more isolated wilderness experience, residents can travel just thirty minutes to Moraine or McConnell’s Mill State Park.

Many Cranberry Township residents commute to work in Pittsburgh. But even more people living throughout the tri-state area commute into Cranberry for work.

Cranberry is also home to Western PA’s premier public golf course, which celebrates the region’s natural landscape with a stunning 186-acre, par 70 course featuring 90 deeply sculpted sand bunkers and water hazards with more than 70 separate tee areas. Residents of this retirement community in Pennsylvania qualify for both senior citizen and resident discounts.

Cranberry Township has embarked on a long-range comprehensive plan to envision and achieve the community’s dreams for the future. This plan ensures sustainable growth and improvement, meaning that Cranberry Township, a great place to live now, will be an even better place in the years ahead.