John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge

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John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge is a 3.7 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Philadelphia, Pennsylvania that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for walking, trail running, nature trips, and canoeing 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

stroller friendly

nature trips

paddle sports

trail running






wild flowers


3 days ago

Really liked the addition of the wooden walkways out over the water. Will have to go back when there's foliage.

Sunny day, saw hundreds of turtles and cliff swallows. Trail is level but there is a lot to see. Also saw geese, swan, great egrets, cardinals, red wing blackbirds, ducks and more.

beautiful day for a hike..trail has dried out alot not alot of mud on the main trails...also got to see a bald eagle literally 100 ft from it as it was perched on a cool

switched up the hike a little bit hiked mostly the back half of the park from the exit 9 entrance .... even tho it's not on the map there is trail that loops back into the trail leading into the back of the park... overall flat terrain but a nice quite hike with some chance of observing wildlife and bird watching ..happy hiking everyone

mountain biking
2 months ago

Beautiful scenery, friendly people on the trail, great bike ride.

2 months ago

Over all a great little 5 mile hike with lots of loops to double back Benches to rest some observation points for wildlife viewing if you're into birdwatching probably a great place to come

2 months ago

2 months ago

nice & relaxing walk. More of a paved/gravel trail, easy to take wagons or strollers on. quick 3.5 mile loop. good for bird watching. nice in both fall and winter.

6 months ago

Beautiful walk around tidal marsh. With lots of nature to observe. Very unique as you are near planes, trains, and automobiles! Can also see Philly skyline in the distance.

Wish trail was marked a little better. Backside of trail is dirt so can get a little muddy if it’s rained recently.

6 months ago

Nice place.... lots of birds... nice walk... bring binoculars and bug spray! Boardwalk is nice too!

8 months ago

Great place to go birding. Definitely will come back, very peaceful!

9 months ago

Considering it’s just a few miles outside of the city it’s an amazing place to get away and go for a 3 mile walk or so. Actually ended up going fishing one time and had a great experience. Beautiful place to visit

Monday, April 02, 2018

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.

Sunday, February 18, 2018

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

Sunday, August 27, 2017

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

paddle sports
Wednesday, August 23, 2017

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.

Saturday, August 19, 2017

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

Thursday, June 29, 2017

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.

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