John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge

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John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge is a 3.7 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Philadelphia, Pennsylvania that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

3.7 miles
36 feet

dogs on leash

wheelchair friendly

kid friendly



nature trips

paddle sports

road biking

trail running





wild flowers


2 months ago

This is a really great trail. Has information on tons of bird species with viewing platforms. About halfway through it tells you exactly where the eagle nest is. The boardwalk over the water is a really nice touch that I haven’t come across in any other parks in the area. A lot of the park is also handicap accessible.

4 months ago

I went here for a dayhike in 2016. Easy walking, close to city.

9 months ago

Ended up walking 9 miles when I was expecting the 3+ posted on here.

paddle sports
9 months ago

Very pretty, as long as you don't look at the water! The water is grimey and chock full of trash. 3 stars because of the scenery and easy of access, but the trash definitely set a negative tone to the trips. I've been here twice and it was horrible both times.

10 months ago

Easy. Lovely. Lots of little routes to wander. And just gorgeous to see.

11 months ago

great for kids. beautiful views. variety of animal life. extremely pleased with this park.

Friday, June 09, 2017

excellent 8.5 mile hike. 42p to ranger station. liked Northside of marsh. best as well as route near ranger station . lots of thistle yellow day lilies n clover with honeysuckle scent the entire way

Sunday, May 28, 2017

lots of ticks present! be sure to thoroughly check your pets and self after a hike.

Friday, May 19, 2017

i95 brings it down one star. the other is because it is not much of a hike but a Sunday stroll through the park

Sunday, April 02, 2017

Beautiful easy hike/walk. We bring our dogs with us and they love it. It's close enough to the city that it's become our go to park.

Thursday, March 02, 2017

This is amazing.

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Great views and an easy loop. Great for it's proximity to the city.

Saturday, December 31, 2016

This place is amazing and Joyce at the front desk, very nice and knowledgeable!

Thursday, December 29, 2016

Nice and easy walk. It's nice to bring your dog and see the local wild life. It's great for those days when you want to get out, but don't want to do anything too strenuous. It's very relaxing.

Friday, November 25, 2016

Have been going here for decades. I volunteer and love to photograph here. Best place to go and walk.

trail running
Monday, November 21, 2016

Nice run here, the aircraft traffic is kind of cool overhead!

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Been going here my whole life. Good trails with incredible wildlife. Great place to hike, fish, bird watch, bring your dog. For being stuck right in an urban/suburban area this place is great.

Friday, October 28, 2016

I love the various birds and waterfowl you see on the trail. A nice relaxing walk.

Sunday, September 04, 2016

What a surprise! So many beautiful nuances! Love it

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Nice views, easy to walk.

Friday, August 19, 2016

Lots of birds, butterflies, and field mice. Beautiful views with docks to lookout.

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Incredibly beautiful and relaxing. A pleasant way to unwind after working in the city all day.

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Beautiful day for a walk...a lot of groundhogs ,turtles

Monday, May 16, 2016

Beautiful (free) place to run, bike, or walk your dog. Flat and easy but it can be pretty muddy on the back end of the loop that goes around the lake. So much beautiful wildlife to enjoy.

Tuesday, March 01, 2016

Little mushy but GREAT!

Sunday, February 28, 2016

Cool trails, flat & def walkable. Big lake, water to walk around. Not a lot of squirrels today.

Saturday, February 20, 2016

Great day to walk. Took photos. Super day animals and reptiles were out!! Just a nice relaxing day! Coming back soon!! A scenic area for anyone to get away to in a busy area.

Saturday, January 09, 2016

I always love coming here, considering it's only a 10 minute ride from my house. Love bringing my dogs here, to enjoy the outdoors.

Friday, May 15, 2015

Very well maintained nature preserve-- I was shocked at everything we saw, especially considering the proximity to the city and airport. Turkeys, bunnies, deer, an eagle, groundhogs! The noise from i-95 is a bit distracting, but again-- this close to the city, I'll take it.

One word of caution: although the trails are well maintained, there is virtually no signage about trail splits (it's a network of old service roads)-- you could easily take a wrong turn and end up going for a much longer or shorter hike than you intended. At one point, I actually took what looked to be the trail and ended up going about a half mile out of my way and ended up under i-95. Sheesh.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Another walk within sort drive of Philly. Suggest checking out the refuge webpage for recent wildlife sightings before your trip. You can bike much of refuge, but bring a lock so you can check out bike restricted sections.

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