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An invaluable guide to forty fascinating hikes within a short drive of Philadelphia

Hikes Around Philadelphia

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Boyd Newman and Linda Newman

Want to walk for a leisurely hour or two with the kids? Take them to the Churchville Nature Center, with its re-created Lenape Indian village and children's exhibits. Or would you prefer a more strenuous all-day hike? Try the rocky woods trail at Bake Oven Knob, Bear Rocks, and The Cliffs. Are your interests historical? Visit the more than fifty pre-Revolutionary dwellings at Skippack Creek. Or if you're interested in wildlife, hike Green Lane Reservoir, where 260 species of birds have been sighted. Perhaps you'd simply like to hike from Pennsylvania to Delaware and back again. Then White Clay Creek Preserve is for you.

These are only five of the forty hiking trails described in Hikes Around Philadelphia. All are within an hour and a half's drive of the city. Ranging from 1.0 to 12.6 miles in length, they will take you through dense forests or wide-open meadows, past early farmsteads or a ringing boulder field from the last ice age. You can break your hike with a visit to a restored home or leave civilization behind on an isolated mountain ridge. Some of the trails are gravel or paved, or are canal towpaths, and are quite suitable for young children, older adults, or wheelchair hikers. Others are longer and more challenging, including rugged sections of the Appalachian Trail and the Horseshoe Trail.

For each hike Boyd Newman and Linda Newman provide a detailed write-up, a trail map, and directions to the trailhead. They also include information on distance, elevation, probable hike time, surface, interesting features, facilities, disability access, whether hunting is allowed in the vicinity, and availability to public transportation. This format allows you to browse through the book and easily locate the particular hike that appeals to you today.

In a concise introduction, the authors not only explain how to get the most out of the book but also give some hints on hiking safety and appropriate clothing and equipment.

This handy reference offers:

  • a detailed write-up of each hike

  • easy-to-read trail maps

  • directions to the trail heads

  • information about nearby facilities

  • hikes that are accessible by public transportation

  • details about handicap accessibility

  • lots of other pointers that make planned or last-minute hikes fun and easy for everyone

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Excerpt

Read the Introduction and one hike description (pdf).

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Contents

Locator Map
Introduction
Hikes
1. Heinz Wildlife Refuge
2. Scott Arboretum
3. Springfield Trail
4. Leiper-Smedley Trail
5. Tyler Arboretum
6. Ridley Creek
7. Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education
8. Andorra natural Area
9. Wissahickon Gorge
10. Lorimer Park
11. Pennypack Wilderness
12. Neshaminy Park
13. Delhaas Woods and Silver Lake
14. Churchville Nature Center
15. Five-Mile Woods Preserve
16. Tyler State Park
17. Audubon Wildlife Sanctuary
18. Skippack Creek
19. Betzville Railroad Grade-Schuylkill River Trail
20. Valley Forge
21. Struble Trail
22. White Clay Creek Preserve
23. Nottingham Serpentine Barrens
24. French Creek
25. Hopewell Village and Baptism Creek
26. Nolde Forest
27. Daniel Boone Homestead
28. Green Lane Reservoir
29. Peace Valley
30. Bowmanís Hill State Wildflower Preserve
31. Tohickon Valley
32. Lake Nockamixon
33. Old Dry Road Farm
34. Ringing Rocks
35. Delaware Canal Towpath
36. Jacobsburg Settlement
37. Bake Oven Knob, Bear Rocks, and the Cliffs
38. The Pinnacle and Pulpit Rock
39. Blue Mountain and Phillips Canyon
40. Sand Spring-Tom Lowe Trail
Appendices
A. Hikes by Length
B. Hikes by Disability Access
C. Hike Map Index
D. Hikes Near Public Transportation

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About the Author(s)

Boyd Newman is a systems engineer with Lockheed Martin Corporation.

Linda Newman is a physical therapist with Keystone Care Therapies, Inc. Both are members of the Keystone Trails Association.

Subject Categories

Philadelphia Region
Sports
Nature and the Environment

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