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Palmyra Cove Nature Park

  • Exercise
  • Nature

Palmyra Cove Nature Park (PCNP) is a 250 acre urban oasis along a highly developed area on the Delaware River. These acres comprise upland forest, meadows, and wetlands, including the 125-acre freshwater tidal cove after which the park is named. Depending on the weather, the 9.5 miles of trails are perfect for wildlife watching, hiking, fishing, cross-country skiing, and even geocaching. The trails are also the perfect place to take an afternoon stroll or go for a run.

Palmyra Cove has been given the distinction of being designated an Important Bird and Birding Area (IBBA), with 215 bird species being observed in the park so far. In addition to birds, other wildlife are attracted to Palmyra Cove's diverse habitats, including butterflies and dragonflies. This wildlife diversity makes Palmyra Cove a great campus for its birding classes and naturalist-led family nature walks. Children’s activities don’t end there, though—Palmyra Cove also offers programs just for children, including summer camps and a preschoolers’ program.

Trail: 9.5 mi, natural surface

Want more? Read a few tips and tricks from Philly Day Hiker's trip to Palmyra Cove.