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Favorite Hikes 3rd Edition


Blue skies reflecting in a pond surrounded by trees
Blue skies reflecting in Pakim Pond at Brendan Byrne State Park

One of the first questions I often get asked is Which hike is your favorite? That question is a very difficult one to answer, because there are so many amazing places to hike in the Philadelphia area. For the last edition of 60 Hikes, I posted this list of favorite hikes, and many of those are still my favorites! But, since I added 10 new hikes to the 3rd edition, I figured I'd list a few of my new favorites. Here they are in no particular order:


  • Brendan T. Byrne State Forest -- This place is downright magical if you are a lover of the Pine Barrens, as I am. Trails lined with luscious green moss lead you through this unique ecosystem. And, Pakim Pond makes a great place to have a picnic lunch. Definitely do a tick check after visiting, especially in the summer.

  • Crum Woods -- Swarthmore College maintains the trails and forest surrounding Crum Woods, which is right smack in the middle of campus. The soft, flowing sounds of the creek are a welcome retreat from city noise.

  • Lorimer Park -- Montgomery County maintains this park, which is a quiet retreat along both a small stream and the Pennypack Creek. I've enjoyed visiting this park and hiking around the edge habitat, where there are always birds to spot and listen to.

  • Pennypack Park -- This gem is located in Philadelphia proper and follows the flow of the Pennypack Creek. It's a crowded spot all the time, but the wide trails don't make it feel too peoply.

  • Rancocas State Park -- This park quickly became my favorite as soon as I saw carpets of moss. I also happened upon mama turtles laying nests, which was super cool. There are nice views of the tidal Rancocas Creek and so much moss. Have I mentioned the moss?

These hikes are all featured with detailed directions in the latest edition of 60 Hikes Philadelphia. Pick up a copy today!

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