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Pennypack Park

A beautiful cousin to Philadelphia’s famous Wissahickon Gorge

Description

Named after the Lenni Lenape Indian word for slow-moving water, Pennypack Park stretches nine miles, following Pennypack Creek southeast as it runs from Montgomery Couty to the Delaware River. The park covers more than 1,300 acres.

The landscape of this rambling city park covers rolling hills, open meadow and many miles of paved and unpaved trails that are great for hiking, biking, running and horseback riding. You’ll also find numerous historic buildings, including a working farm.

History

As early as 1690, Pennypack Creek was harnessed to provide energy for a grist mill. Later mills were built by the Verree family and by the mid-19th century this area was known as Verreeville.

The Verree and Klein houses are remnants of this small industrial center that produced flour, lumber, edge tools and textiles. Arrow heads and stone tools are still found attesting to the Native American presence long before the settlers.

Come Prepared

Some trails require permits.

Don’t Miss

The Pennypack open-air Band Shell hosts a great summer concert series on Wednesday evenings. Pack a picnic and bring a blanket or a lawn chair. Check their website for the schedule.

Outsider’s Tip

Staff from the Pennypack Environmental Center present public programming at nearby Fox Chase Farm, a city-owned, 112-acre working livestock farm.

Details

8500 Pine Road
(There are several park access points)
Philadelphia, PA 19111

(215) 685-0470
Website

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