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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

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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Wildwood is one of the jewels of the area.

Whether one goes in winter to hike or snowshoe, in spring to admire the blossoming, in summer to hear and see birds of every species, or in autumn, when the foliage is at its most... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
Leslie M
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
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Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Whether one goes in winter to hike or snowshoe, in spring to admire the blossoming, in summer to hear and see birds of every species, or in autumn, when the foliage is at its most splendid, s/he will not be disappointed. The lake is alive in any season. Take a friend and a dog, if one is available, your camera,... More 

Thank Leslie M
New Cumberland, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Wildwood Park is an extremely special and unique kind of place that one should DEFINITELY experience when in the Harrisburg area! Locals LOVE the beautiful, well maintained trails, perfect for bike rides, jogging, romantic strolls with your love, or stroller pushing Moms! All ages are out here daily, year round, taking in the absolute splendor of scenery for FREE! Wildwood... More 

Thank Donna S
Marysville, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Wildwood Park has an amazingly diverse bird population. It is worth visiting in every season. There are year round activities; summer camps for children, bird walks, lecture series. Something for everyone.

Thank gooddog88
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 14, 2017 via mobile

Wildwood Parkview a great place to walk the trails around the large Lake. We take our dogs and meet many people along the trails. There is also a Nature Center where we take the grandkids. They love learning about the animals, birds and reptiles in and around the lake. Great family day!

Thank Denise D
Harrisburg, PA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 13, 2017

A friend and I hike the 3 mile loop around Wildwood Lake numerous times a year. It is a nice hike any season of the year. It is also a good place for a bike ride or for dog walking. The environmental center has items of interest to both children and adults. There is a spot inside to sit and... More 

Thank csisti11
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 10, 2017

For a number of years I have been visiting Wildwood Park in Harrisburg, which is situated behind Hacc College. I love walking the number of trails that have been created for peoples' access; one path which runs along the lake. The complete trail is 3.1 miles and can be walked fully, within an hour and fifteen minutes. It's really a... More 

Thank Jim S
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 8, 2017

So, you want to see some pretty scenery while exercising? This is a great place for this and it's free! Folks walk, run, ride their bikes, walk their dogs, take pictures...I believe one "lap" is about 3 miles. There is one big hill, so you can definitely work up a sweat. I am perhaps a bit more cautious than most,... More 

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Marietta, Ohio
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 18, 2017

Take time to visit this beautiful urban oasis. The website lists a host of guided walking tours that I highly recommend.

Thank Mishelle D
Camp Hill, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 18, 2017

great paved trails for walking with small children and dogs, lots of wild ducks, beautiful place to visit like a walk in the woods, Would not go alone during the week as it is isolated. Weekends in good weather there are lots of people there.

Thank beardiemum2
Marco Island, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 14, 2016

I walked the park trail late summer 2016 - it's a great walk! You are in the "woods"- very scenic! Yet, isolated! Felt a' bad-person' could do me harm if I had the misfortune to en countering same. I urge you not to walk the trails alone!

Thank william723

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