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Wildwood Park

#4 of 53 things to do in Harrisburg Features Animals
100 Wildwood Way, Harrisburg, PA 17110-2914
+1 717-221-0292
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Nice place for a long scenic walk, yet, it's isolated!

I walked the park trail late summer 2016 - it's a great walk! You are in the "woods"- very scenic... read more

Reviewed 15 November 2016
Marco Island, Florida
Invigorating exercise, serene environment

It's a getaway in my back yard. Mostly flat trails with a section in the rear with hills to ramp up... read more

Reviewed 19 October 2016
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
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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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  • Average8%
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100 Wildwood Way, Harrisburg, PA 17110-2914
+1 717-221-0292
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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...More

Thank william723
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...More

Thank Anonymouswriter1968
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
Reviewed 18 October 2016

If you want to take a hike on a good set of trails inside the city then heading over to wildwood would be a very good choice.

Thank usfifer
Reviewed 8 October 2016

Very enjoyable loop trail around Wildwood Lake. I took the dog every day in May and watched a pair of Baltimore (Northern) Orioles build their nest piece by piece. What a treat! The lotus in bloom are also amazing. The best of best part is...More

Thank Zeemie
Reviewed 3 October 2016 via mobile

I would highly recommend this for anyone who loves a good nature walk. It does have some steep hills but its worth it in the end. If you are looking for a good place to go on a good walk, this is it! It's a...More

Thank KassidiLynne
Reviewed 30 September 2016

Did the complete hike around the lake/wetland. Took a little over an hour. There were butterflies hatching. Got a long/interesting lecture on them.

Thank Ruby H
Reviewed 26 September 2016 via mobile

My wife and I live in Harrisburg and we often frequent Wildwood. You can take your pets and gave a very nice walk and enjoy nature in the middle of the city. There are various paths and lengths of hikes that are fit for anyone....More

Thank Dave W
Reviewed 13 September 2016

This place has a little bit of something for every nature lover; birds, trees, plants, deer, beaver, squirrels, rabbits, etc...and the flowers, especially the lotus are just a treat to see. The nature center has lots to discover as well. I started walking around the...More

Thank xpdebby
Reviewed 13 September 2016

This park has many nice vistas for watching wildlife, primarily birds. The lake is in need of some dredging. There is a nice series of boardwalks for walking and some nice hiking trails into the "interior".

Thank D D
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Jennifer H
Hi, Are leashed dogs allowed in the park? Thanks, Jennifer
17 August 2016|
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Response from Tara04002 | Reviewed this property |
Yes they do! In fact - at the main entrance they leave a bowl for the pups next to the water fountain!