When you think of Philadelphia, what comes to mind? We bet you thought of cheesesteaks, Ben Franklin, Steven Starr restaurants and the Liberty Bell — but what about parks, hiking, and miles of trails? Philadelphia and the surrounding suburbs are home to some of the most gorgeous parks in the nation, and here are a few of our favorites:
1. Valley Forge National Park. We especially love the challenging and scenic Mount Joy and Mount Misery Trails for some of the best views in the whole park, and trail runners will love the Chapel Trail. If you’re looking for an easier run or biking, be sure to take the 6+ mile paved Joseph Plumb Martin Trail that winds through the whole park.
2. Peace Valley Nature Center. Located in the heart of Bucks County, Peace Valley Nature Center offers 14 miles of trails winding through the beautiful woods and meadows alongside Lake Galena. The trail is largely flat, making it enjoyable for the whole family!
3. Hawk Mountain Sanctuary. If you’re feeling adventurous, be sure to make the trek to Kempton, PA (about an hour from central Montgomery County) to catch some of the greatest views of the Appalachian Mountains. Newer hikers will love the Lookout Trail to the gorgeous North Lookout point, and there are plenty of options for experienced hikers as well. Plus, over 18,000 hawks, eagles and vultures migrate to the region each year, so be sure to keep your eye out for raptors!
4. Nockamixon State Park is one of our favorite spots to hike, bike, fish, swim, and boat. Located in Upper Bucks along Lake Nockamixon, the park offers endless opportunities and plenty of different trails — many of which are great for trail runners, too. It’s also a great spot for camping, and cabins are available.