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Pennypack Park

A beautiful cousin to Philadelphia’s famous Wissahickon Gorge

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Overview

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 County to the Delaware River.

The park covers more than 1,600 acres of woodlands, meadows, wetlands and fields.

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.

Visitors also find numerous historic buildings here, including a working farm.

The 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.

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

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