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Explore Trails and Boardwalks Enjoy the Nature Center

Tucked away in the rolling hills of Central Pennsylvania, Wildwood Park is conveniently located on the edge of Harrisburg, PA.

There are endless opportunities for fun and adventure at Wildwood Park. Explore the Nature Center, walk the trails and boardwalks, ride your bike, pack a picnic lunch, watch the birds, check out the flowers and much more! There is fresh air and good times around every bend. Come and enjoy…it's fun and it's free!

What's Happening at Wildwood Park?

Celebrate Wildwood
Turtles, birds, music, kid’s activities and the FREE Walk for Wildwood. Download flyer »
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Art In The Wild
Visit the 15 exhibits along Wildwood Way and the Towpath Trail. Download map brochure »

People’s Choice Announced – the people have spoken
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Watch the student produced video »

2014 Friends of Wildwood Photo Contest
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Trail & Bird Sighting Info

TRAILS:

All trails and boardwalks are open.

September 17
Shorebirds seen in the mud flats in south end near the dam: Greater Yellowlegs, Lesser Yellowlegs, Solitary Sandpiper, Least Sandpiper, Killdeer.

September 16
The chilly air makes it feel like autumn.  Look for leaves that have started to turn.  Red Maple trees and Virginia Creeper vines are both showing some red.

September 12
White-tailed deer, bucks and doe, were seen early in the morning near the south end of the East Shore Trail.

September 8
Baby Snapping Turtles emerged from a nest near the nature center this morning.  After hatching out of an egg that has been under the ground since late spring, they dig their way to the surface and head for the nearest water. 

September 6
These songbirds were seen from the North Boardwalk: Rose-breasted Grosbeak, Warbling Vireo, Yellow Warbler, Chestnut-sided Warbler, and Magnolia Warbler. Wildwood Park is a stopover location for species migrating south.  They fly during the night. In the morning, they stop to rest and eat.
A Pandora Sphinx Moth caterpillar was seen on Virginia Creeper near the wooden bridge over Paxton Creek.

September 5
Early in morning, flocks of geese have been flying over Wildwood Lake.  Ducks seen include Green-winged Teal, Wood Ducks, Mallards, and American Black Ducks.  The Little Blue Herons first seen on August 8, are still present.  Warbling Vireo, Eastern Wood Peewee, and Great-crested Flycatcher have been heard and seen around the park. 

August 29
Although summer is coming to a close, flowers are still blooming in abundance at Wildwood Park. Blooming along the North Boardwalk: Spotted Jewelweed, Common Dodder (parasitic plant that looks like orange silly string), Broad-leaved Arrowhead, Goldenrod sp., Ironweed, Great Lobelia, American Lotus, Stinging Nettle, and Tick Trefoil.

August 28
White berries are ripe on the poison ivy vines. Unlike humans, birds can eat them without an allergic reaction.