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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!

Upcoming Events

4/13/2019 - 10/31/2019
Art In The Wild 2019: Exhibit Opens

7/28/2019 - 11/30/2019
Wildwood Photography Contest

7/28/2019 - 1/21/2020
Call to the Artist

Brownies: Bugs & Hiker

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Trail & Bird Sighting Info

September 15

A Red-headed Woodpecker was seen along Wildwood Way Trail, a unique sighting for park visitors. 

September 12

Double-crested Cormorants have been seen on the lake. 

September 10

Willow Flycatchers have been seen near the Nature Center and North Boardwalk.

September 6

Visitors from near and far come to observe the Green Herons on the Towpath. 

August 28

Black-crowned Night Herons have been seen along the Canal side of the Towpath Trail near the recently blooming Common Arrowhead. 

August 27

Northern Cardinal, Red-winged Blackbird, Downy Woodpecker, Red-bellied Woodpecker, Mourning Dove, and American Goldfinch continue to frequent the feeders in the Nature Center along with the squirrels, chipmunks, and groundhogs.

August 20

Least Sandpiper, Semipalmated Sandpiper, and Lesser Yellowlegs were seen in the mud flats in the lake.

August 16

Beautiful American Lotus blooms and Swamp Rose Mallow can be seen from the Towpath around the Lake, adding yellow and pink to the back drop of green. Egrets and herons remain easy to spot. 

August 12

Monarch Butterflies are back: adults can be seen flying around the flower beds in front of the Nature Center and Caterpillars can be observed up close inside the Nature Center or outside on Common Milkweed plants.

August 9
A Peregrine Falcon was seen flying over the lake this morning. Shorebirds frequenting the south lobe of the lake include: Least Sandpiper, Semipalmated Sandpiper, Solitary Sandpiper. Immature Green Herons are looking for food along the Towpath Trail.

July 29
Least Sandpipers, a Solitary Sandpiper, and Lesser Yellowlegs are frequenting the mud flats and immature Little Blue Herons continuing in the South lobe of the lake. American Lotus is blooming in the lake.

July 25
Near the Morning Glory Spillway: several Snowy Egrets and some immature Little Blue Herons. In the lake: a large number of Great Egrets, a Green Heron and several Great Blue Herons. Many Wood Ducks at various stages of maturity in the PA Canal. Swamp Rose Mallow in bloom throughout.

July 22
Exposed mud flats in the south lobe of Wildwood Lake are starting to pull in migrating shorebirds including Solitary Sandpiper, Least Sandpiper and Lesser Yellowlegs. Other recent sightings include Snowy Egret, Little Blue Heron, Mute Swan and Willow Flycatcher.

July 19
Wading birds are plentiful now with 8 Little Blue Herons, 3 Snowy Egrets and 43 Great Egrets.

July 19
A Pileated Woodpecker has been frequenting Tall Timbers Trail area.

July 15
Three Snowy Egrets were observed in the south lobe of the lake. Eight Least Sandpipers were in the nearby mudflats.