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4 Epic Outdoor Experiences

Blaire Krassen | July 6, 2020 | Lifestyle


1. Schuylkill River Trail

Explore American history while simultaneously increasing that heart rate at the Schuylkill River Trail. This path, while following the curves of the Schuylkill—the birthplace of industrial and environmental revolutions in the U.S.—treks through every type of landscape from rural to urban.

2. Bartram’s Garden

Although gatherings have been canceled until further notice, the parks, trails and sights remain open at Bartram’s Garden. Only 2 1⁄2 miles from the University of Pennsylvania, this 45-acre National Historical Landmark is just far enough away from the city to feel like a rural paradise. Breathe the fresh air at the historic gardens while still getting a skyline view.

3. Wissahickon Valley Park

With biking, fishing, hiking and wildlife, this 1,800-acre park remains open. The national natural landmark is home to the Cresheim Creek and Devil’s Pool, perfect for a quick dip after a long hike. The park also offers a variety of scenic trails—ranging from 2 to 20 miles.

4. West Fairmount Park

Need a new environment but don’t want to travel too far from the city? Philly is lucky enough to be home to West Fairmount Park, full of various trails and sites such as Belmont Grove—the perfect picnic spot—or the Centennial Arboretum filled with trees planted in 1876 from Asia, Europe and North America.

Photography by: M. Edlow for GPTMCL