John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19153

John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge

John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"Every day, thousands of people zip by a hidden natural gem in the City of Brotherly Love. Nestled near Philadelphia International Airport and I-95 are about 1,000 acres of natural space. The John Heinz Wildlife Refuge boasts 10 miles of trails and an abundance of wildlife to enjoy while hiking.

Today, approximately 1.7 million people live within 10 miles of John Heinz. It is a birder’s paradise, providing ample nourishment for birds migrating along the Atlantic Flyway. The trail can also provide respite for weary urbanites seeking refuge in nature."

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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 that have been seen here. 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 bird watching 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." Read more
Mountain Biking the Greater Philadelphia Area (Falcon Guides)
Bob D'Antonio
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"Tinicum Marsh is the largest remaining freshwater tidal wetland in Pennsylvania. This unique ecosystem is located, surprisingly, just miles from downtown Philadelphia. Situated along the Atlantic Flyway, Tinicum is home to over 80 bird species. Nesting boxes have been placed throughout the refuge to attract migratory birds. Over 280 types of migratory birds have been recorded visiting the refuge. Ducks, Canadian geese, great blue herons, and various other migratory birds use Tinicum as a resting/feeding spot during their flights north and south. The refuge is also home to deer, turtles, frogs, and many other small wildlife. There are over 50 species of wildflowers, as well as trees such as willows, locusts, maples, oak, and alders. Native plants such as cattails, rushes, and sedges are also visible and provide excellent food and cover for wildlife. Purple loosestrife and other non-native plants also thrive here. steps are being taken, however, to limit the spread of these invasive plants. nice dismissed as a useless swamp, Tinicum Marsh has been recognized as a vital link in the health of the surrounding area. Terrain: Tight singletrack trails, wide doubletrack trails, and gravel roads that travel through densely wooded areas and tidal marshes." Read more
"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." Read more
AMC's Best Day Hikes Near Philadelphia (Appalachian Mountain Club Books)
Susan Charkes
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"Transport yourself to Pennsylvania’s coastline without leaving the city. This level walk winds around a pond and through a freshwater tidal marsh." Read more
Best Bike Rides Philadelphia (Falcon Guides)
Tom Hammell and Mark Ploegstra
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"The John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge at Tinicum is a small but significant remnant of the freshwater tidal marsh that used to stretch for miles around the mouth of Darby Creek. The refuge is a good place to do some canoeing, hiking, bird watching and of course biking. This ride will take you around and through the refuge and show you the main sites. Despite its urban location the John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge supports a large variety of wildlife. Hundreds of species of birds either nest here or stop in on their migration. This area is also home to a lot of small mammals and 9111 reptiles. There is a lot of wildlife to see if you take the time to look around. This ride will start with a loop around the roads outside the park to its east trail-head then take you back to the starting point through the refuge itself." Read more

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8/2/2008
The trail is too easy (about 7 mi), surface is gravel and dirt. If you take the marsh path, with sign ‘No Bikes’ – moderate, needs some skills, to keep on road. I’ve rated only 2 star cause of neighboring I-95 with lots of smells.
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8/8/2006
I am a complete novice so I found the trail surface of gravel, stone, and hard packed dirt a challenge but you can't beat the scenery and wildlife. When I get stronger I'm sure the ride will provide great exercise and opportunities to observe nature.
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Trail Information

Philadelphia
Nearby City
Dog-friendly
Accessibility
Several Options
Distance
Several options
Trail Type
Easy
Skill Level
Trails: daily, sunrise–sunset; visitor center: daily, 8:30 a.m.–4 p.m.
Season
215-365-3118 facebook.com/HeinzNWR
Local Contacts
USGS Lansdowne
Local Maps
Impoundment wetland, woods
Habitats

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Dec 2018