Wildwood Park Nature Trails

Towpath Trail [ see map ]

Towpath Trail

The Towpath Trail provides good views of the lake on the east and a remnant of the Pennsylvania Canal on the west. It is a good place to see wetland birds, songbirds, and turtles basking on logs in the canal. The trail runs from the pavilion at the north end of the lake to the restrooms at the south end. The Towpath and Wildwood Way combine to form a 3.1 mile loop around the lake. The loop is used extensively for walking, jogging and bike riding, and in winter, cross-country skiing.

Wildwood Way Trail [ see map ]

Wildwood Way features a variety of upland habitats including a meadow and forests. A variety of upland songbirds may be seen along Wildwood Way and occasionally views of the lake. There are two trailheads. One approach is at the pavilion at the north end of the lake and the other is next to the restrooms at the south end of the lake. Wildwood Way passes through the Olewine Nature Center parking area. Wildwood Way and the Towpath Trial combine to form a 3.1 mile loop around the lake. The loop is used extensively for walking, jogging and bike riding, and in winter, cross-country skiing.

Delta Boardwalk [ see map ]

Delta Boardwalk Trail

The Delta Boardwalk meanders through a marsh and wet woodland where a variety of wetland and upland birds may be seen. The marsh is an important nesting area for wetland birds such as Canada geese, various ducks and red-winged blackbirds. You can approach the boardwalk from Wildwood Way at the base of the hill behind Olewine Nature Center or from Wildwood Way near the bridge over Paxton Creek. No bicycles, roller blades or skateboards are permitted on the boardwalk. Bicycles must be walked on the boardwalk.

North Boardwalk [ see map ]

North Boardwalk bird blind

The North Boardwalk winds through a wet woodland and marsh. The blind at the end of the walkway provides excellent bird watching for much of the year. Wetland birds and a variety of marsh plants are abundant along the walk. The trailhead is on Wildwood Way just north of Wildwood Way crossing Paxton Creek. No bicycles, roller blades or skateboards are permitted on the boardwalk. Bicycles must be walked on the boardwalk.

East Shore Trail [ see map ]

The East Shore Trail parallels the edge of the lake and passes through wet woodlands that border an area containing mature hardwood trees. A variety of wetland birds and upland songbirds may be seen here. A highlight of the trail is the large sycamore tree at the edge of the lake at about the mid-point of the trail. It can be viewed from an adjacent bridge. There are two trailheads off Wildwood Way. Because this is a fragile trail, bicycles are not permitted.

Tall Timbers Trail [ see map ]

Tall Timbers Trail drops from a ridge into a gorge, then climbs up a steep incline to the adjacent ridge. Log steps are helpful in getting down to the bottom of the gorge and up the other side but it is still a difficult hike. One ridge contains mature beech, maples and mixed hardwoods. Birds here are primarily upland songbirds. In spring wildflowers can be abundant. The trail is entered from Wildwood Way either across from the northern trailhead of the East Shore Trail or across from the meadow. Bikes are not permitted on this trail.

Fox Run Trail [ see map ]

Fox Run Trail

Fox Run Trail leads hikers through one of the most pristine areas in Wildwood Park. With the new bog bridges, hikers will be able to keep their feet dry while enjoying and preserving sensitive habitat.

Naturalists at Wildwood Park expect to find the improved habitat an excellent breeding area for frogs, salamanders, and wildflowers.

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