The global health crisis continues to impact our lives, and even though many environmental centers are closed, GoPhillyGo can still help you safely enjoy the outdoors and the benefits being outside brings. Gyms are closed until at least the end of the year, so now is a great time to try a new exercise routine like a morning jog on a nearby trail, or a bike ride after work along the Schuylkill River. Time spent casually walking along a wooded trail or sitting on a bench in a park near your home allows you to disconnect and recharge.
GoPhillyGo is the best way for you to plan sustainable car-free trips and can help you find new and exciting parks and trails. Use the GoPhillyGo Tours feature to explore multiple destinations with a common theme. Download the GoPhillyGo Android App or save the mobile site to your homescreen to get easy biking, walking, and transit directions on your mobile device.
Most centers remain closed, but many trails are open to the public with minimal or no facilities. It’s more important than ever to listen to guidance from the CDC and to always wear a mask while you visit parks and trails. Make sure you give all trail users as much space as possible when passing. You can even visit the GoPhillyGo events page to find family friendly virtual events to enjoy in your own home. Check out our list below of tours and places where you can spread out and be socially distant while enjoying the outdoors. Be sustainable, and use GoPhillyGo to plan your next outdoor adventure.
Northwest Forests and Meadows
The last remaining large meadows in Philadelphia are at the northwest end of Wissahickon Valley Park. Hike through tall grass and open fields that give a glimpse of what Philadelphia was like before becoming a major city. Use the Northwest Forests and Meadows tour to get directions to Houston Meadow, Forbidden Drive, and the Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education trails including their gateway to the Schuylkill River Trail.
Explore over nine miles of paved trail in Philadelphia, and even more unpaved trail along Pennypack Creek in Montgomery County. The trail passes picnic areas, paths leading to the water, and historic bridges including the oldest bridge in America still in use today at Frankford Avenue. Visit Pennypack on the Delaware and relax on the grassy pier or the gazebo with a great view of the river.
Cobbs Creek Park
Be socially distant on more than four miles of paved trails in West and Southwest Philadelphia. Use the Cobbs Creek Park Tour to explore the park, trail, and other nearby destinations like Morris Park and Haddington Woods. The Cobbs Creek Environmental Education Center is closed, but you can access unpaved trails near the center that follow the creek.
Tacony Creek Park
This important greenspace connects Montgomery County to the Juniata section of North Philadelphia. Walk or ride on nearly four miles of paved trail through forests and meadows. Access the creek at numerous paths and keep an eye out for wildlife including native and migratory birds. Follow the winding creek, and use the gateways to access the diverse neighborhoods that border the park.
Schuylkill and Perkiomen Confluence Tour
The Schuylkill River Trail is one of the region’s best trails and thousands of people use it every year. However, that means some segments of the trail are heavily trafficked, especially during peak times. Fortunately, the SRT has many miles of paved trail with plenty of room to be socially distant. Now is a great time to plan a long bike ride on the SRT, and the Schuylkill and Perkiomen Confluence Tour highlights a trail segment about 25 miles from Center City. Use this tour to connect to the Perkiomen Trail and the John James Audubon Center at Mill Grove.