Wildwood Park
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6:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Tuesday
6:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Wednesday
6:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Thursday
6:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Friday
6:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Saturday
6:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Sunday
6:00 AM - 7:00 PM
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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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DLP
New Jersey1,787 contributions
Apr 2021
You would not even know you were in a city, except for the far off sounds of cars. The park is so peaceful and serene. The trails are easy, especially the boardwalk by the water. There are some art displays along the one trail that are just as enjoyable to view as the nature and wildlife.
Written April 28, 2021
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Cindy R
Harrisburg, PA201 contributions
Mar 2020 • Solo
This is a great place to walk and enjoy the pond and wooded areas. There are some hills on the backside so you can gets some good cardio. It is part paved and part gravel. Strollers wouldn’t be a problem. There is a decent amount of parking at the entrance and also up by the visitors building. There is a restroom at the entrance.
Written March 22, 2020
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Vicky V
Rochester, NY17 contributions
Nov 2022
Enjoyed a lovely walk around the perimeter - about 3 miles. Loved the signs with information about the area and the spillway and other things we were seeing. Lots and lots of birds on the water and in the trees. Also saw 2 magnificent bucks and several does.
Written December 2, 2022
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Rochelle F
Randolph, NJ793 contributions
Nov 2020
We needed to get out of the car and decided to stop to do a walk. We hiked all around the park and it was beautiful. There is lots of bird watching opps here and we will return with binoculars on our next trip. It is very peaceful and beautiful and not far from the highway so easy to stop and then continue onward.
Written February 26, 2021
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Margarita
8 contributions
May 2021
The guys who live in here infringe on your privacy. I mean, the people who call this park home will not give you any privacy at all. And smells of urine. Botanists will be happy here. We were just not impressed.
Written June 2, 2021
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explorer3
Virginia6,855 contributions
Wildwood Lake Sanctuary is an amazing place. It's great for family fun, for photographers, for nature lovers, for romantic rambles...even for interesting walking opportunities during a long car ride on 81.
In the winter, some trails invite cross-country skiing. Check out http://www.wildwoodlake.org. There is a 12,000 sq. ft. Nature Center. There are wood chip, gravel, soil or boardwalk trails throughout and over the wetlands...some trails are wheelchair accessible. Trails run through open meadow, woodland, over ponds, by the lake, to the gorge and bog and over the protected marsh. You might spy fox, ground hogs, birds, dragonflies, lightening bugs and deer. Lots of plant life, including iris and wild flowers. But the big draw, a reason for encouraging excellent funding to develop and maintain all this info and beauty, is the American Lotus, which is an endangered plant species. WLS is accurately described as one of Pa.'s premier centers for environmental and ecological nature studies, educational opportunities throughout the year and outdoor recreation.
The Lotus lake is beautiful...with egrets in the summer, another endangered species.
Written April 1, 2008
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Sam P
Clayton, NJ48 contributions
Sep 2015 • Solo
I was in the area on business and was looking for a place nearby just to unwind and get some fresh air after a long couple of days. This was it! I checked it out online and was planning to do the 3.1 mile loop around the lake but ended up doing a mix of some of the other trails instead to make my way around, it was more interesting that way. I started on the 1 mile towpath which was easy and flat, but right near the highway so there was a lot of noise. It was still quite pretty though and they have a nature inspired trail side creations display going on...art in the wild, which was nice to look at along the way. At the end of this trail, I picked up the wildwood way trail which is all paved, so I stayed off as much as possible since I prefer the more rustic experience. I went along the delta Boardwalk (.4 mi) which was amazing. It takes you through the marsh and was just really pretty and peaceful. Then I took the east shore trail for just under a mile, and that was my favorite. It is a bit more isolated (didn't see anyone else on this path) but I really felt closer with nature and saw a ton of wildlife including two deer who stopped about 20 ft away and just stared as I went by. Then I picked up the wildwood way trail again, but added the short .25 mile loop of fox run on it. Fox run seemed to be the least maintained trail, it was mostly old boards over muddy ground. There was a cool little creek to cross by walking on a downed tree that acts like a bridge now. Eventually wildwood way linked back up with the towpath right where I started. All in all I did about 3.5 miles, and it was a lot of fun. The trails are very well marked, you can't get lost. I wouldn't call it "hiking" but it was definitely a great nature walk! I would come back if I was ever in the area again.
Written September 28, 2015
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BeckyE618
Harrisburg, PA147 contributions
Jun 2017 • Friends
This is a true gem for Harrisburg residents and visitors! Located just outside the city, you have wildlife, mostly paved trails (one mile of flat gravel), lakes, clean restrooms and working water fountains. The whole loop is 3.1 miles and contains some challenging hills and is mostly shaded. The path is bike, dog, running, and walking friendly. If you are into photography, bring your camera. Loads of nature photo ops. There is also a ton of nature and creative artwork that changes for you to look at as you make your way around the loop.

Plenty of parking available. If the first lot (North Lot) is full, keep going to the lot near the restrooms. Shaded picnic areas at the start of the trail as well as throughout the loop. Yes, some highway noise when you are at parts of the trail, but it is mostly quiet, especially for in the city.

I've been at least 10 times this year and will continue to visit again and again.
Written July 10, 2017
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LezJeep
Harrisburg, PA373 contributions
Great park for walking along the water and picnicing. They have quite a few turtles and waterfowl. Easy access from 322, 81, and Camron.
Written January 11, 2015
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MrsLisaT
Pennsylvania36 contributions
Feb 2012 • Couples
Wildwood Lake is a place I like to go when I want to do a nice, easy walk outdoors in beautiful nature. I usually visit around 5 or so times a year. There is a 3-mile long loop trail that goes around the lake but there are also various side paths that will lead you into a wooded area or out onto a boardwalk area. The scenery is just beautiful from spring to fall. Even in winter it is still worth a trip. One of my favorite things about this place is the wildlife. I always see plenty of species of birds but also turtles, frogs, deer, chipmunks, squirrels, etc. The only downside is that the lake is located right next to a road that has a lot of truck traffic. The constant sound of big trucks going by can be distracting but it is a small price to pay compared to the beauty of the park.
Written February 22, 2012
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