Wildwood Lake via Canal Towpath and Capital Area Greenbelt Trails

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Wildwood Lake via Canal Towpath and Capital Area Greenbelt Trails is a 3.1 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Harrisburg, 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.

3.1 miles
144 feet

dogs on leash

wheelchair friendly

kid friendly

stroller friendly



mountain biking

nature trips

road biking

trail running




partially paved


wild flowers


Tucked away in the rolling hills of Central Pennsylvania, Wildwood Park is conveniently located on the edge of Harrisburg, PA. Wildwood Park has a long and unique history. But, what is really exciting is how far this natural habitat has come in the past five years. The lake trails offer numerous opportunities for visitors to stop and check out natural elements - whether it is wild flowers or wild life, there is always something to see. Wildwood Park is a photographer's paradise to capture amazing sunrises, awesome sunsets, and wildlife moments. Whether you are someone who just enjoys taking pictures or a professional, you cannot beat Wildwood for scenic backdrops or point of interest shots. The park is also an ideal location for birdwatchers with two boardwalks and a bird blind for up-close viewing. While this guide plots the main trail around Wildwood Lake, many visitors take advantage of the boardwalks and side trails to extend their visit and get off the beaten path. To make even more of your time at Wildwood, be sure to visit when the Nature Center is open. Wildwood Park is located minutes from downtown Harrisburg and is a convenient location to get "back to nature" close to the city. The trail is used by walkers, runners and bicyclists and is also dog-friendly. Dogs must be leashed and several "comfort stations" are provided.

3 days ago

i really enjoyed the route. it was gravel in parts, paved for some and a wooden walkway for others. you can hear the highway in all parts of the trail. nice 4 mile mid morning jaunt for us

14 days ago

Not really a hike but it's a decent walk around the lake, fairly flat. I've seen snapping turtles and snakes here. The boardwalks are cool but very slippery when wet. It's in the city so you do have city and highway noise.

1 month ago

Very good trail

2 months ago

Easy walk with a few hills. We did see quite a bit of wildlife (deer, turtles, muskrat, frogs, birds, and fish) but the traffic noise made the trail drop in points. We completed the walk with our 7 year old and will look to explore others in the area.

2 months ago

Conveniently in the city... with typical city background noise. Towpath Trail was fairly flat and well maintained. Lots of wildlife and vegetation to help you forget that you’re in the city. Got busier after “normal” work hours.

beautiful and easy walk with plenty of opportunities to take scenic photos. great for me and my dog to run or walk. quite a few people on bikes. can get crowded at times, definitely worth a visit.

4 months ago

This is my practice trail.
Good hills for conditioning.

5 months ago

We have completed about 4 of the trails and find them to be both relaxing and a challenge. loved the Wetlands festival too. great for kids as well.

6 months ago

Loads of wildlife and flowers, smell of honeysuckle strong now. I’ve been main trail plenty of times but took the east shore trail today , well worth it. Much fewer people, tons of wildlife; trail was easy albeit a tad mushy in places

6 months ago

Loved it!!! Birds, turtles and frogs!

6 months ago

A good nature walk. The terrain is fairly flat with abundant wildlife and vegetation. The main trail is asphalt covered. The trail would be perfect for someone with mobility issues

7 months ago

Really nice trail, easy to walk on, not too crowded!

7 months ago

Surprisingly a great place to go to see tons of wildlife. Well maintained trails, easy walk.

8 months ago

Just a great trail for all seasons. On a cold day (38 degrees) we saw deer, a woodpecker, a titmouse, several redwing blackbirds, Carolina wrens, cardinals; truly an amazing display of wildlife. Do yourself a favor and break from the paved trails. Take the rough route. It’s worth it!

8 months ago

cool place to see some birds and a little wild life right in the city not to bad

8 months ago

It was luxurious

trail running
9 months ago

Beautiful scenery and great paths to run on. Can’t wait to see it in the spring/summer.

9 months ago

Absolutely beautiful and amazing. Walking the trails, bird watching or fishing.

Friday, December 01, 2017

Been here multiple times and it never disappoints. A 3 mile loop and the scenery is different the whole way around. Beautiful park and friendly people. Wildlife is small and easy to spot. Took my pup here a few times, she loved it, access to trash cans and poop stations. There could be more poop stations, but it’s still nice. They even have dog water bowls attached to the water fountains.

Saturday, November 25, 2017

Nice easy loop, lots of nice people and dogs!

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Simple, easy trail for walking, hiking, or biking. Pretty but the proximity to I81 takes away from the natural environment.

Tuesday, August 08, 2017

Saturday, August 05, 2017

Appreciative of this park. Very good for kids & pets. Fun and the boardwalk is really neat. Not very challenging, I do like that it's a nice option close to the city. Road noise is very evident.

Wednesday, July 05, 2017

Nice lesurely hike for kids

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Easy relaxing walk right in Harrisburg

Sunday, March 26, 2017

easy walk

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Pleasant park close to the city - nice 3 mile loop trail for a quick after work exercise

Sunday, February 05, 2017

A very easy well maintained trail system, doggable, strollerable

Monday, September 26, 2016

Love, love this place. I come here to run, walk my dog, get lost in nature photography.

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Great is the wildlife. Bad is the Pokemon Go Oddballs

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