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Wildwood Park

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Address: 100 Wildwood Way, Harrisburg, PA 17110-2914
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+1 717-221-0292

Wildwood Park is located in the rolling hills of central Pennsylvania on...

Wildwood Park is located in the rolling hills of central Pennsylvania on the outskirts of downtown Harrisburg. Its 229 acres are a haven for countless species of flora and fauna centered around the 90 acre freshwater wetland. A popular three-mile loop trail encircles the park with side trails and boardwalks for a total of six miles of trails. Its attractive Olewine Nature Center features engaging exhibits on environmental education. Established in 1901, during the City Beautiful Movement, Wildwood was part of a nationwide effort to improve urban life. In 1976, the Dauphin County Commissioners assumed ownership of the property. Now managed by Dauphin County Parks and Recreation Department, Wildwood Park is one of Pennsylvania’s premier centers for environmental studies, educational opportunities and outdoor recreation. It is a cherished retreat for nature lovers, bird watchers and exercise enthusiasts.

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Beautiful walking path and environmental center!

Wildwood Park has an amazingly diverse bird population. It is worth visiting in every season. There are year round activities; summer camps for children, bird walks, lecture... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 6 days ago
Marysville, Pennsylvania
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Marysville, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Wildwood Park has an amazingly diverse bird population. It is worth visiting in every season. There are year round activities; summer camps for children, bird walks, lecture series. Something for everyone.

Thank gooddog88
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Wildwood Parkview a great place to walk the trails around the large Lake. We take our dogs and meet many people along the trails. There is also a Nature Center where we take the grandkids. They love learning about the animals, birds and reptiles in and around the lake. Great family day!

Thank Denise D
Harrisburg, PA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

A friend and I hike the 3 mile loop around Wildwood Lake numerous times a year. It is a nice hike any season of the year. It is also a good place for a bike ride or for dog walking. The environmental center has items of interest to both children and adults. There is a spot inside to sit and... More 

Thank csisti11
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

For a number of years I have been visiting Wildwood Park in Harrisburg, which is situated behind Hacc College. I love walking the number of trails that have been created for peoples' access; one path which runs along the lake. The complete trail is 3.1 miles and can be walked fully, within an hour and fifteen minutes. It's really a... More 

Thank Jim S
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

So, you want to see some pretty scenery while exercising? This is a great place for this and it's free! Folks walk, run, ride their bikes, walk their dogs, take pictures...I believe one "lap" is about 3 miles. There is one big hill, so you can definitely work up a sweat. I am perhaps a bit more cautious than most,... More 

Thank Tieanna L
Marietta, Ohio
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 January 2017

Take time to visit this beautiful urban oasis. The website lists a host of guided walking tours that I highly recommend.

Thank Mishelle D
Camp Hill, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 January 2017

great paved trails for walking with small children and dogs, lots of wild ducks, beautiful place to visit like a walk in the woods, Would not go alone during the week as it is isolated. Weekends in good weather there are lots of people there.

Thank beardiemum2
Marco Island, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 November 2016

I walked the park trail late summer 2016 - it's a great walk! You are in the "woods"- very scenic! Yet, isolated! Felt a' bad-person' could do me harm if I had the misfortune to en countering same. I urge you not to walk the trails alone!

Thank william723
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2016

It's a getaway in my back yard. Mostly flat trails with a section in the rear with hills to ramp up the workout, literally. Stroller and bicycle friendly. Bring the family for a fun and educational venture or go alone (safely) for a time of reflection and or workout. Plan to spend an hour walking the 3+ mile trail, or... More 

Thank Anonymouswriter1968
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

What a beautiful place to walk/run or just sight see. The park always seems to be free a litter and garbage. The information center is also a very nice place to stop on your venture. Love this place

Thank dawsoncentralpa

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