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Wildwood Park

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Address: 100 Wildwood Way, Harrisburg, PA 17110-2914
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+1 717-221-0292
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Wildwood Park is located in the rolling hills of central Pennsylvania on...

Wildwood Park is located in the rolling hills of central Pennsylvania on the outskirts of downtown Harrisburg. Its 229 acres are a haven for countless species of flora and fauna centered around the 90 acre freshwater wetland. A popular three-mile loop trail encircles the park with side trails and boardwalks for a total of six miles of trails. Its attractive Olewine Nature Center features engaging exhibits on environmental education. Established in 1901, during the City Beautiful Movement, Wildwood was part of a nationwide effort to improve urban life. In 1976, the Dauphin County Commissioners assumed ownership of the property. Now managed by Dauphin County Parks and Recreation Department, Wildwood Park is one of Pennsylvania’s premier centers for environmental studies, educational opportunities and outdoor recreation. It is a cherished retreat for nature lovers, bird watchers and exercise enthusiasts.

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A little peace and quiet in the midst of the traffic.

This is a nature preserve right in the middle of highways, roads, and traffic. Once you get into it, you forget all about what is around it. There is a nature center with things... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 28 June 2016
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Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 June 2016

This is a nature preserve right in the middle of highways, roads, and traffic. Once you get into it, you forget all about what is around it. There is a nature center with things for the kids. They have checklists you can take with you to mark what you see. Maps of the trails are also available. There are boardwalks,... More 

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Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 June 2016 via mobile

Lived five minutes away and love taking my dog and walking around to see the animals and nature. It's very serene and well kept.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 June 2016 via mobile

Very quiet nature walks. Beautiful views. A must see if your near by. 11yr old daughter loved it my 17yr old boy loved it as well. Me and the wife loved it too.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 June 2016 via mobile

We decided to check out this park on a whim since we wanted to explore the outdoors for a bit. I don't know about other people but our gps made us go in circles to arrive there - which turned out to be the most annoying thing. Since park is located right next to the highway the entrance was a... More 

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New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 June 2016

Some friends and I were looking for something to do outdoors in Harrisburg while waiting for our kids who were at a camp. I was so surprised at what a wonderful place Wildwood Park turned out to be. Wonderful walking trails into the woods and along ponds, nature as far as can be seen. A perfect place for families to... More 

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Duryea, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 June 2016 via mobile

As an out-of-towner visiting Harrisburg, I decided to visit Wildwood Park to hike and was pleasantly surprised. This is a beautiful spot for walking and bird watching. It is true that there's a lot of highway noise on the east side of the loop on Wildwood Way Trail, but since the park is so close to the city that shouldn't... More 

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Cutler, Maine
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 June 2016

I started walking here this spring. There is a loop trail around the lake that is about 3 miles long. It goes up and down the hillside on a mostly paved (some parts are packed gravel) trail. There is abundant wildlife for a relatively busy area. It has been a pleasure to watch and photograph the young ducks and geese... More 

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Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 June 2016

Let my son walk around the park while his daddy was applying for a job across the street. It's beautiful.

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Putnam Valley, New York
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 June 2016 via mobile

My hotel, Sturbridge Inn, sent me to Wildwood Park for a run. I can't do the treadmill so I asked where I could run a loop. From Sturbridge I went through the community college parking lots, jumped on the bike trail which brought me to Wildwood park. I looped the lake and went back the way I came from. The... More 

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Chesapeake, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 May 2016

I was thoroughly impressed with this park. The full loop gave me about 3 miles, which is my typical walk target, and I saw at least 100 turtles sunning themselves on the Towpath Trail. There were also fish splashing, herons fishing, frogs, and mama ducks. The path alternated between shady and open, so I got sun, but not too much,... More 

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