Take a Beautiful Wintry Walk
Residents and visitors to Delaware County, whether experienced hikers, lovers of nature or casual walkers, will find many unique and exciting places to explore, walk, bike, hike and canoe. Here are 3 interesting places to walk in the heart of winter.
With 1000 acres of land, the John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge is nestled amid a spider’s web of major super-highways, the Philadelphia International Airport and the Delaware River.
American’s first Urban Wildlife Refuge offers 10 miles of Trails to explore encompassing forests, wetlands, observation decks built over the water and more. Kiosks and signs provide interpretive materials for trail users. Trails are open year round from sunrise to sunset and leashed dogs are welcome. You’ll find both paved and gravel surfaces, for walking, jogging or cycling.
Ridley Creek State Park is a 2,600+ acre park about 5 miles north of the county seat town of Media. It features many recreational activities such as hiking, biking, fishing and picnicking – as well as 13 miles of trails that pass through a variety of habitats.
Five miles of the trail is available for jogging, biking and walking. There is a wheelchair accessible fishing platform on a multi-use trail. There is also a formal garden designed by the Olmsted Brothers, and The Colonial Pennsylvania Plantation recreates daily life on a pre-Revolutionary farm. The Park is pet-friendly and open 7am to 7pm daily.
The Historic Newlin Grist Mill offers 8.5 miles of trails that blend natural beauty, environmental diversity, and cultural history.
The trails pass through an array of diverse habitats from upland grasslands to river bottom wetlands, each offering its own varieties of plants and animals. There are 7 trails, each offering different views and experiences. Open seven days a week and the grounds are free and open to the public from 9am to dusk.