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Wildwood Park

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Address: 100 Wildwood Way, Harrisburg, PA 17110-2914
Phone Number: +1 717-221-0292
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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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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! Yet, isolated! Felt a' bad-person' could do me harm if I had the misfortune... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
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Marco Island, Florida
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Marco Island, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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!

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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 

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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

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Thank dawsoncentralpa
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 bubbles 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.

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Thank usfifer
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 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 the Art in Park displays! Wonderful idea!

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Thank Zeemie
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5 of 5 bubbles 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 little more busy then I thought it would be but then again its a community... More 

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Algonquin, Illinois, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles 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.

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Thank Ruby H
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 bubbles 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. Nice place to get away and take a break from the city.

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Thank Dave W
Harrisburg, Pa
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5 of 5 bubbles 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 trails in April and have been back a dozen or so times since. Great nature... More 

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Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 bubbles 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".

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