WISSAHICKON VALLEY PARK
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.
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