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With plenty of game lands, Philadelphia and The Countryside offer some of the best hunting and fishing in the state. The open forests of the Pennsylvania Highlands offer the acres of wilderness that outdoorsmen crave, while the well-stocked waters of the region’s lakes, rivers, creeks and streams host an active community of anglers, both recreational and competitive.

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  • Fairmount Park

    One of the world’s largest city park systems

    Biking riding through Fairmount Park

    With more than 9,200 acres of rolling hills, gentle trails, relaxing waterfront and shaded woodlands, Fairmount Park keeps a wealth of natural landscapes within easy reach of all city residents.

    You can take a stroll, head out for an afternoon of softball, organized frisbee or pier-side fishing, or just settle in for a family picnic. There are miles of trails for horseback riding, off-road cycling and deep-woods hiking, yet there are also tours of historic mansions, Japanese tea ceremonies and outdoor concerts. Three environmental centers, as well as a wildlife refuge treatment center, help bring the natural world to life for adults as well as children.

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  • Schuylkill Banks

    Philadelphia’s newest riverfront destination for playing, living, working and having fun

    Kayaking in the Schuylkill River

    Philadelphia’s riverfront destination for playing, living, working and having fun.

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  • Pier 68

    A public fishing pier, picnic spot and nature oasis to open in mid-2015

    The upcoming Pier 68 Park is the latest development of the Master Plan for the Central Delaware, which aims to to turn six-miles of the Central Delaware River waterfront into a fully developed public space.

    Built as a place for passive recreation, Pier 68 will be an angler’s delight with a dedicated space for casting lines and built in fish-cleaning stations. Native trees and plants will provide shade in the picnic grove and a cutout in the pier surface will allow visitors to watch the tide rise and fall.

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  • Schuylkill Banks Boardwalk

    Riverfront path providing easy access to the Schuylkill Banks

    The Schuylkill Banks Boardwalk is a 2,000-foot-long, riverside path connecting Locust and Broad Streets.

    Now open
    The Schuylkill Banks Boardwalk is a breathtaking, 2,000-foot-long pathway that extends the Schuylkill River Trail from Locust to South Street. The scenic path allows pedestrians, runners and bicyclists to literally walk over river to some of the best skyline views around.

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  • Mainstream Outfitters

    Full or half-day guided fishing trips

    Get the most out of your fishing trip with a little help from experienced guides. Whether it’s trout or bass, salt or freshwater, Mainstream Outfitters can help you find your fish with one of their guided fishing trips.

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  • Nolde Forest Environmental Education Center

    Dedicated to helping people develop a sound environmental ethic

    An environmental center amidst more than 665 acres of deciduous woodlands and coniferous plantations

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  • Green Lane Park

    Overnight equestrian camping amid wooded trails and gorgeous views

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  • Peace Valley Park

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

    Bring a picnic for a lakeside lunch, or paddle out onto the glassy waters of Lake Galena and hook a bass, walleye, catfish, bluegill or carp.

    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 River Fly Fishing Service

    Full, half-day and overnight fly fishing adventures on the Delaware River

    Full, half-day and overnight fly fishing adventures on the Delaware River.

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  • Delaware and Lehigh National Heritage Corridor

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

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

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  • Core Creek Park

    A lakeside oasis amid suburban Bucks County

    Children fly a kite in the beatific Core Creek Park.

    A lakeside oasis amid suburban Bucks County

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  • Central Perkiomen Valley Park

    More than 800 acres along the Perkiomen Creek

    More than 800 acres along the Perkiomen Creek

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  • Bucks County River Country

    Tubing, canoeing, rafting and kayaking on the Delaware

    Tubing, canoeing, rafting and kayaking trips down the scenic Delaware River

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  • Fort Washington State Park

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

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  • Evansburg State Park

    Green space and natural solitude along the banks of Skippack Creek

    Evansburg State Park offers a chance to relax in the tranquility of the natural world.

    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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  • Perkiomen Trail

    A 20-mile multi-use path from Valley Forge Park to Green Lane

    Walk, run or bike through the 20-mile Perkiomen Trail.

    Trace the route of the old Perkiomen Railroad from Valley Forge Park to Green Lane on a 20-mile trail that starts from its junction with the Schuylkill River Trail, through the lush valley of the Perkiomen Creek to Green Lane Park, the county’s largest park.

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  • Ridley Creek State Park

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

    Dip a fishing line in trout-stocked Ridley Creek.

    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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