WISSAHICKON VAL­LEY PARK

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It’s only about ten miles from Cen­ter City, but Wissahickon Val­ley Park feels like a world away from the frenzy of ur­ban life with more than fifty miles of marked trails. Ex­pe­ri­enced hik­ers who seek chal­leng­ing ter­rain and steep in­clines opt for the White, Orange, and Yel­low trails, which run 4.4, 5.6 and 7.9 miles, re­spec­tively. Ex­plor­ers with less ex­pe­ri­ence can set out on For­bid­den Drive, which de­spite its im­pos­ing name, is ap­pro­pri­ate for all skill lev­els. Val­ley Green Road, 215.247.0417.

SCHUYLKILL RIVER TRAIL

The Schuylkill (pro­nounced skoolkil) River bi­sects Philadel­phia, but this mighty body of wa­ter ex­tends way past the city lim­its. In to­tal, the Schuylkill spans more than 130 miles, and cur­rently, 60 miles of mixed- use trails are open for hik­ers and cy­clists. The route leads through a wide va­ri­ety of set­tings, in­clud­ing parks, gar­dens, river views and ru­ral and res­i­den­tial ar­eas. 1 Boathouse Row, 215.222.6030.

VAL­LEY FORGE NA­TIONAL HIS­TORIC SITE

The world- renowned site draws visi­tors seek­ing the place that served as Ge­orge Washington’s win­ter en­camp­ment in 1777-1778. To­day, this iconic spot is home to nearly twenty miles of marked hik­ing trails. The most scenic paths as­cend Mount Mis­ery and Mount Joy, but the Joseph Plumb Martin Trail and the Horse­shoe Trail wind through land­mark sites like the Na­tional Me­mo­rial Arch and the Pa­tri­ots of African De­scent Mon­u­ment. 1400 North Outer Line Dr., King of Prus­sia, PA, 610.783.1099.

FAIRMOUNT PARK

For an eas­ily ac­ces­si­ble hike, look no fur­ther than Fairmount Park. This 9,000-acre oa­sis is one of the largest green ur­ban spa­ces in the coun­try. From on-foot jour­neys that lead deep into the woods to paths that loop around his­tor­i­cal land­marks, more than 215 miles of wind­ing trails ap­peal to hik­ers of all in­ter­ests and skill lev­els. 215.988.9334, myphilly­park.org

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