RootsRated explores the best hiking trails in Philadelphia. From quick hikes to all-day epics, let our experts help you find the perfect trails. Our destinations are chosen by outdoors experts who live and play in Philadelphia, so you’re sure to find the top adventures and maybe even a few local secrets!
Philly hikers have some of the most beautiful forests in America right in their backyards. The Appalachian Trail is only about an hour's drive away — meaning you can hit the trail and potentially end your adventure in Georgia or Maine! Peaceful lakes, rivers, and waterfalls give Pennsylvania hiking trails vibrancy that reaches full fruition in the autumn when the multi-colored flora displays rival New England forests. There are plenty of short day hikes that loop around lakes and longer trails that are ideal for all-day and overnight adventures.
When you are ready to balance the spirit of America with the spirit of nature, Philadelphia is an excellent gateway to deep, beautiful forests.