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Fishing & Hunting
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.
One of the world’s largest city park systems
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.
Philadelphia’s newest riverfront destination for playing, living, working and having fun
Philadelphia’s riverfront destination for playing, living, working and having fun.
A public fishing pier, picnic spot and nature oasis to open in mid-2015
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.View More
Riverfront path providing easy access to the Schuylkill Banks
Now openView More
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.
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.View More
Dedicated to helping people develop a sound environmental ethic
An environmental center amidst more than 665 acres of deciduous woodlands and coniferous plantationsView More
Overnight equestrian camping amid wooded trails and gorgeous viewsView More
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.View More
Full, half-day and overnight fly fishing adventures on the Delaware River
Full, half-day and overnight fly fishing adventures on the Delaware River.View More
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 pathView More
A lakeside oasis amid suburban Bucks County
A lakeside oasis amid suburban Bucks CountyView More
More than 800 acres along the Perkiomen Creek
More than 800 acres along the Perkiomen CreekView More
Tubing, canoeing, rafting and kayaking on the Delaware
Tubing, canoeing, rafting and kayaking trips down the scenic Delaware RiverView More
George Washington’s one-time fort is now a bird-watching havenView More
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.View More
A 20-mile multi-use path from Valley Forge Park to Green Lane
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.View More
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.View More