John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge Impoundment Loop

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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Want a hike where you can take your children and your parents? This is it. Along this easy, flat hike, you’re surrounded by nature’s beauty and the excitement of spotting some of the 280 species of birds. In season you can check out the migratory birds as they make their spring and fall journeys. On this 1,200-acre refuge, you can bike, fish, or take a canoe and do your birding and amphibian and reptile sighting from the water. Once written off as a useless swamp, the refuge will surprise you with more than fifty species of wildflowers, an abundance of deciduous trees, and wildlife from white-tailed deer to turtles.
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by John L. Young (Falcon Guides)

Want a hike where you can take your children and your parents? This is it. Along this easy, flat hike, you’re surrounded by nature’s beauty and the excitement of spotting some of the 280 species of birds.

In season you can check out the migratory birds as they make their spring and fall journeys. On this 1,200-acre refuge, you can bike, fish, or take a canoe and do your birding and amphibian and reptile sighting from the water. Once written off as a useless swamp, the refuge will surprise you with more than fifty species of wildflowers, an abundance of deciduous trees, and wildlife from white-tailed deer to turtles.

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Activity Type: Birding, Hiking, Trail Running
Nearby City: Philadelphia
Distance: 3.5
Elevation Gain: Minimal
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 1 to 2 hours
Best Times: Year-round
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: John Heinz Visitor Center Station, Tinicum; (215) 365-3118; www.fws.gov/refuge/John_Heinz/
Local Maps: USGS Lansdowne, PA, and Philadelphia, PA; John Heinz NWR map available at the visitor contact station
Driving Directions: Directions to John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge: Impoundment Loop

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