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Core Creek Park

Langhorne, Bucks County

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The Hiking, Biking and Recreation Trail of Greater Philadelphia

Combine a city visit with a quick day-trip into the countryside

Founded by William Penn to be a “greene countrie town,” Philadelphia has always cherished its lush landscapes and open spaces. It’s no surprise, then, that the Greater Philadelphia area does as well.

The Philadelphia region is full of amazing parks, trails, preserves and other attractions that offer endless opportunities for outdoor activities and recreation. Major spots such as Longwood Gardens and Valley Forge National Historical Park are some of the most well-known spots that nature has to offer, but don’t stop there.

There’s a lot more outdoor fun to be had in Philadelphia’s surrounding counties, whether it’s fly-fishing in Ridley State Park, renting a rowboat in Core Creek Park or hiking and biking through some of the 800 acres of Central Perkiomen Valley Park.

Philadelphia’s Towns also boast some of the strangest and most interesting outdoor phenomenon in the country. Look no further than the audible sounds of Bucks County’s Ringing Rocks and the ecologically fascinating Goat Hill Serpentine Barrens in Delaware County to see why. Whether it’s hiking, biking, rowing, fishing, sailing, running, horseback riding or dog walking, Philadelphia’s Towns are full of fun ways to get outdoors.

This trail aims to show just how easy it is to combine a city visit with a quick day-trip into the countryside.

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Goat Hill Serpentine Barrens

Nottingham, Chester County

Part of the largest occurrence of serpentine barrens in the eastern United States

The 600-acre preserve of serpentine barrens found along the Pennsylvania-Maryland border is one of only three such occurrences in the eastern United States. Vast acres of wildflower meadows, cliff outcroppings and pitch pine forests are prime habitat for the many rare species of moths, butterflies and birds. And when you go, pack your lunch -- the steep bluffs overlooking Octoraro Creek are perfect for a picnic.
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Northbrook Canoe Company

West Chester, Chester County
Canoeing on the Brandywine River

Kayaking, canoeing and tubing along the scenic Brandywine River

Northbrook Canoe Company offers an amazing way to tour the Brandywine Valley and Wyeth Country by kayaking, canoeing and tubing along the scenic Brandywine River. Coast downstream along the calm, meandering river and take in the beautiful, bucolic countryside on a nice, easy-paced river that’s perfect for a novice or relaxing for the more experienced person.
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Mason Dixon Trail

Chester, Chester County

A 193-mile link from the Brandywine Trail to the Appalachian Trail

Follow the trail along the line that famously separated the northern states from the southern states in the 19th Century. Start from the banks of the Brandywine River in Chadds Ford, wander into parts of Delaware and Maryland and, if you walk far enough, reach the Appalachian Trail.
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French Creek State Park

Elverson, Chester County
French Creek State Park

Two lakes and forested hiking trails amid the picturesque farmland of northern Chester County

Hikers at French Creek have a variety of opportunities for quiet reflection, nature study and physical challenge. The 130-mile horse-shoe trail, a favorite among horseback riders and hikers, runs through this park along both Hopewell and Scotts Run lakes, which are home to a wide variety of local species of fish. There’s also a swimming pool if you want to get wet, plus two disc golf courses that are popular year-round.
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Ringing Rocks Park

Black Eddy, Bucks County

Want weird geology? Try a seven-acre field of boulders that ring like bells

Who can resist an open field of rocks, piled 10-feet high, which ring like bells when struck lightly with a hammer? Ringing Rocks, located in a lush, 120-acre Bucks County forest, is a powerful draw for geologists as well as hikers, walkers, bikers, backpackers and picnickers. The park also has Bucks County’s largest waterfall.
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Central Perkiomen Valley Park

Schwenksville, Montgomery County

More than 800 acres along the Perkiomen Creek

Find peace in the natural setting of an 800-acre park that stretches from Collegeville to Spring Mount in Montgomery County. Take a picnic and enjoy a simple walk, bring your bicycle or even go horseback riding -- the Perkiomen Trail meanders through woodlands, grasslands and the magnificent Spring Mountain. There's also fishing access to the creek, a children’s playground, shuffleboard and large multi-use fields.
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Evansburg State Park

Collegeville, Montgomery County
Evansburg State Park

Green space and natural solitude along the banks of Skippack Creek

A mix of cropland, meadows, old fields and mature woodlands, Evansburg State Park offers a chance to relax in the tranquility of the natural world. There’s also plenty for the sports enthusiast: a golf course, four regulation baseball fields, 15 miles of designated trails for horseback riding, a five-mile mountain bike trail, more than 1,000 acres open to hunting during established seasons and fishing -- Skippack Creek is stocked with bass and trout, along with more uncommon finds like eel and catfish.
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Ridley Creek State Park

Media, Delaware County
Ridley Creek State Park

More than 2,600 acres of gently rolling woodlands and meadows

Just 16 miles from Center City Philadelphia, Ridley Creek State Park offers myriad options: guided trail rides on horseback, fly fishing in Ridley Creek (which is always well-stocked with trout) or wandering through the park’s 2,600 acres of woodlands and meadows. When it snows, try cross-country skiing or tobogganing.
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Linvilla Orchards

Media, Delaware County
Linvilla Orchards

A 300-acre family farm dedicated to agriculture, entertainment and education

Linvilla Orchards, one of the last working farms in Delaware County, is a great family attraction --you can pick your own fresh fruits and vegetables or stop by the farm’s market. Throughout the growing season, kids can visit with the farm animals, catch a big fish in Orchard Lake or play in the “Playland” Playground. Come September and October, Linvilla Orchards transforms into Pumpkinland, which marks the beginning of the harvest season as over 100 tons of pumpkins sprout up in piles around the landscape.
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The Wissahickon Gorge

Chesnut Hill, Philadelphia County

Seven miles of serene wilderness along the Wissahickon Creek

There are 57 miles of trails in this lush, 1,800-acre gorge, crossing forest and meadow before plunging down to the waters of the Wissahickon Creek. Walk, bike or ride your horse through this undisputed gem of Philadelphia’s Fairmount Park system, or venture up the steeply wooded paths for a more challenging hike or off-road cycling adventure. Alternatively, relax along Forbidden Drive, the low-lying gravel road that follows the creek.
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Fort Washington State Park

Fort Washington, Montgomery County

George Washington’s one-time fort is now a bird-watching haven

A large observation deck sits at the high point of this 493-acre state park, which takes its name from the temporary fort built by George Washington’s troops during the Revolutionary War. While birders know the park as a major flyway for all 16 species of raptors that migrate on the East Coast, the large expanse of forested, hilly terrain is also a favorite for picnickers, hikers, backpackers, campers and bikers.
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Neshaminy State Park

Bensalem, Bucks County
Neshaminy State Park

A tidal estuary along the banks of Neshaminy Creek more than 100 miles upriver from the Delaware Bay

The ocean’s tides show themselves here, where the fresh waters of Neshaminy Creek meet the Delaware River. If you’ve got a boat, you can launch it at the full service marina, and you might want to bring your fishing gear. There’s also a large pool and spray fountains for hot summer days. Meanwhile, two picnic areas are great spots for a group gathering.
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Washington Crossing Historic Park

Washington Crossing, Bucks County
Washington Crossing

Where Washington made his famous trip across the Delaware

Washington Crossing State Park commemorates the night in 1776 that General George Washington and his troops quietly crossed the Delaware River to surprise the British. But it’s not all about history here: The network of trails that lead throughout the forested grounds are great for walking, running and hiking, as well as cycling.
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Peace Valley Park

Doylestown, Bucks County
Peace Valley Park

Lake Galena, at 365 acres, is a favorite recreational spot

Fourteen miles of trails are just one of the many outdoor activities that Peace Valley Park has to offer. Bring a picnic for a lakeside lunch, or paddle out onto Lake Galena and hook a bass, walleye, catfish, bluegill or carp. The bird blind at the Peace Valley Nature Center next door offers quiet observation of cardinals, woodpeckers, finches, titmice, sparrows and more.
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Delaware and Lehigh National Heritage Corridor

Upper Black Eddy, Bucks County

A 165-mile trail connecting waterways, rails and trails along a historic railroad path

More than a series of canals, rivers and railroads, the Delaware and Lehigh National Heritage Corridor connects the mining counties of northern Pennsylvania to the Landmark Delaware Canal in Bucks County and its final stop at Philadelphia, where coal was eventually sold. Today, boaters, runners, hikers, campers and picnickers enjoy the the natural landscapes of the parks, canal boat rides and more.
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