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60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Philadelphia - 2nd Edition
by Lori Litchman (Menasha Ridge Press)
The Pennypack Trail is a beautiful example of what can happen when you repurpose industrial elements. Opened in 2015, it’s a 5.4-mile trail built on what used to be Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority’s (SEPTA’s) Fox-Chase Newtown Regional Rail Line, which at one point was part of the famed Reading Railroad system.
The flat, gravel-packed trail is 12 feet wide and runs from the Rockledge Borough to Byberry Road near Mason’s Mill Park. The trail is wildly popular with hikers and bikers. This part of the Pennypack Trail skirts the edge of Lorimer Park and provides beautiful views of Pennypack Creek.
This hike is on land managed by the Pennypack Ecological Restoration Trust. The 812 acres of the park that run through Abington, Upper Moreland, and Lower Moreland provide numerous recreational activities, including trails for hiking, biking, horseback riding, and dog walking. The trust is a private, nonprofit agency whose mission is to protect the land surrounding Pennypack Creek.
This hike is off the beaten path, which might feel a little isolated if you are hiking solo. This particular trail is not dog friendly, but other trails in the park are. Several trails here are hiking-only, and the Bethayres Woods trip is one of them.
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