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Caroline Dorey-Stein

The Philadelphia area offers a wide range of breathtaking views that are an added bonus to strolling one of the many hiking paths. Whether seeking a day trip or simply a quick stop to catch you breath nearby, Philly nature has got your back. You can explore these local paths anytime of the year.

Stroll along this varied surfaced historical path that shifts from industrial boardwalk, gravel, and hard ground. Visible are rail lines, old canal locks, old textile mills, and wildlife. The towpath is accessible from Fairmount Park to the East and from the Schuylkill River Trail to the West.

Peace Valley is 14 miles of nature trails in the woods and meadows in Bucks County. Take a half hour hike on the Upper Woods Trail or take your time wandering down a longer two-hour walk to Lake Galena. Evergreen Trail is also a must for the holiday season, with its pretty White Pine grove.

Visit the historical and natural sites in Montgomery County by choosing from  six trail options, covering over 30 miles. The Joseph Plumb Martin trail is both beautiful and informative, and the off-road Mount Joy or Mount Misery paths are musts for those who enjoy a steeper

This trail is mostly flat and gravel, shaded by beautiful trees that change colors with the seasons. Check out the Thomas Mill Road Bridge, the only covered bridge within city limits and the Tedyuscung statue on the hillside that is a challenge to find.

A nonprofit conservatory in Huntingdon Valley, 15 miles northeast of the city. The Trust offers several different programs and services including nearly 11 miles of trails in the Preserve open and free to the public. Can’t get enough of the bubbling brooks and sloping hills? Learn about internships and volunteer training offered.

This 20-mile trail connects to the Schuylkill River Trail and the Audubon Loop. Referred to as the “Perky”, it’s covered by the former rail bed of the Perkiomen Line of the Reading Railroad. Watch horseback riders trot alongside and even cross country skiers cruise by in the winter months.

This quiet 3-mile trail runs beside the Wissahickon Creek, where you will see Wood Ducks, Great Blue Heron, and migrating raptors in the Fall. This peaceful trail offers a variety of diverse species visible at different times of the year.

It’s hard to believe this gorgeous park is only 16 miles from Center City, in Delaware County.  It’s great for trout fishing in the creek and biking and hiking on the wooded trails. The park is also open for deer hunting during the appropriate season.

In the Spring, Dogwood trees blossom the trails as families picnic and bikers and runners whizz by. Rich in history, the park’s name comes from the temporary fort George Washington’s troops built in the Fall of 1777, before continuing their journey to Valley Forge.

Located in Gladwyne, this is a great off-leash park that varies in steepness and offers a lovely creek at the bottom of the hill. All trails connect in case you decide to switch it up midway. There is also a fenced dog park with everything your pets need.

Found near Collegeville, this 4 mile trail is great for all skill levels. The loop is filled with footbridges and a favorite among anglers for the well stocked creek. Enjoy crossing over the Equestrian Trail before looping back to the beginning.

The state park in Bucks County has 45 acres filled with areas of climbable rocks that offer a beautiful view of the Tohickon Creek that flows through the area. When high water conditions exist, challenge yourself to whitewater boating containing several drop offs downstream of the High Rock Cliffs.

Park roads, trails, and facilities are nestled into this Bucks County gem. Neshaminy Creek weaves through the park and divides the land into several unique sections. Check out Tyler Park Center of the Arts located in a restored hay barn.

Pay a small fee to support raptor conservation. Hawk Mountain is a non-profit that promotes critically needed scientific research and educational programs. Witness several bird species depending on the time of year.

With over 36 miles of trails, Blue Marsh is just northwest of Reading in Berks County. The trail loop circles the lake and also connects with the Berks County Park & Recreational Trail System.