Hiking in Philadelphia, PA
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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.
Overlook Trail Loop is a 1.5 mile trail in the southern end of Evansburg State Park that winds along the scenic Skippack Creek.
Glen Onoko Run is in the southern part of the Lehigh Gorge State Park and boasts multiple trails for hiking and biking and views of spectacular waterfalls.
Peace Valley Park is a great destination for families and all generations offering opportunities to hike through the woods, bike on the paved trails, or even paddle Lake Galena. Nature and wildlife lovers, be sure the check out Peace Valley Nature Center!
Skippack Creek Loop Trail is located in the middle of the rustic Evansburg State Park following along the Skippack Creek.
Tyler Arboretum is a public garden in Media, PA with hiking and sightseeing opportunities.
Grab a friend, your 'yak, and a cooler of cold ones and jump into one of these top spots for paddling near Philadelphia.
Philadelphia's Belmont Plateau is an urban oasis with fascinating history, plenty of singletrack trails, and wonderful views of the city.
Enjoying time on the Schuylkill River and the Philadelphia skyline on a paddleboard from Standup Philly.
A three-day paddling trip on the Delaware River north of Philadelphia provides plenty of excitement and a surprise visitor.
In marathon training, long runs are a must every weekend. These five trails in Philadelphia make for a great way to put in the miles.
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