Warm weather and perfect sunny days are on the horizon. This means there will be plenty of opportunities to get outside and explore nature; taking advantage of the gorgeous local trails this Northeast area has to offer. So, whether you’re a seasoned hiker or a newbie just looking to get outside and get active, you can bet there will be a trail for you. Keep reading for some local trails within Montgomery, Chester, Delaware, Bucks, and Philadelphia Counties.
Montgomery County: Valley Forge Park - Mount Misery Trail
Beautiful Valley Forge Park is home to a handful of great trails, but a standout for a fantastic scenic hike is Mount Misery Trail. The four miles of this loop trail offer a few different terrains for hikers to enjoy, ranging from heart-pumping wooded inclines to an easy flat walk next to the Valley Forge creek for 1.3 miles of trail, called Valley Creek Trail. Additionally, one mile of this trail is referred to as Horse-Shoe Trail. This portion of the trail is actually connected to the Appalachian Trail north of Harrisburg, so if you have the energy you can just keep going for miles past Valley Forge Park, but just be sure to pack the sunscreen, snacks and wear comfortable shoes.
Chester County: Binky Lee Preserve
This gem is one that is almost too good to share with the public. With it’s gorgeous wildflower fields and open stretches of room to walk, run, or hike, this space is a slice of paradise right inside of Chester County. The 1.5 mile trail is a great option for dog owners, as they are allowed to join you here for your adventure, as long as they are kept on a leash. An interesting fact about this trail for any nature lover is that the 112 acre farm has undergone a process called afforestation; meaning more than 10,000 native trees have been planted on the land to keep the wooded areas full and protected.
Being one of the largest on the list, Wissahickon Valley Park’s 1800-acres of land have a unique route for every visitor to choose from. Some notable trails within the park’s systems include Forbidden Drive, which spans 5.35 miles of wide, flat paths. This trail was ranked one of the best in PA, and is the most frequently visited. It also connects to Devil’s Pool, a local favorite spot for a cool dip after a hike. Another option within the park is the Orange Trail, which is restricted to hikers only for it’s rougher terrain spanning 5.64 miles of dirt and rock, which may be difficult to inexperienced hikers.
Delaware County: Ridley Creek - The White Trail
If you’re looking to enjoy a nice 5-mile loop, then this trail is perfect for you. The White Trail in Ridley Creek State Park is the most lush trail on this list. With tons of tree coverage and wildlife to enjoy while you hike or walk, this trail is a great place to stay a bit cooler on a sunny day without the risk of a sunburn. This trail is also known to be a birdwatcher’s paradise because you never know what might be flying above or relaxing in a tree within the trails. Dogs are also welcome on this trail as long as they are kept on a leash. Locals say this area is best hiked between April and September.
Bucks County: Nockamixon
If a day trip just doesn’t seem like enough for you, then Nockamixon State Park in Bucks County is the place for you. With 5,286-acres of preserved land including trails to hike, walk and run, this area is the perfect getaway for a weekend filled with outdoor activities. Unlike the other trails, this area includes cabins that can be rented for overnight stays, and access to other activities like fishing and boating. With seven moderate trails like Old Mill Trail, Mink Trail and Elephant Trail, this area offers miles of adventure.
Hopefully within this list there is a trail for you that will lead to hours (or miles) of time spent connecting with nature and getting outdoors. Remember, when you’re exploring a new trail that you haven’t hiked before, it is important to do research and come prepared. Comment below if you have hiked any of the trails listed above, and if you have favorites that were left out please share that as well.
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