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Wildwood Park

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Address: 100 Wildwood Way, Harrisburg, PA 17110-2914
Phone Number: +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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Precious Gem in Harrisburg

Wildwood Park is wetland wedged between an industrial park and a highway. It is an important bird and turtle sanctuary and a respite in the midst of urban hubbub. Locals love to... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 13 September 2016
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Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
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Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2016

Wildwood Park is wetland wedged between an industrial park and a highway. It is an important bird and turtle sanctuary and a respite in the midst of urban hubbub. Locals love to walk, run, bike or jog Wildwood. It is long enough to be good exercise (3 miles around) and short enough to be a viable destination for the whole... More 

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Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2016

The Olewine Nature Center has many hands-on activities enjoyable for all ages. Check their hours ahead of time, though, since traditionally they close at 4 and are not open Mondays. Periodic special events throughout the year include a nature art exhibit. There are a variety of trails to choose from around the shallow, bird-filled, lake. I like the morning glory... More 

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Thank Ann S
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2016 via mobile

Slow down for the lake water changes, foliage matching the depth of the season, silence but for nature, phone on mute and the smells associated with the month. Measure the walked miles in animal, bird and reptile sightings - not on your FitBit. Make your own memories here.

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Thank Hannah T
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2016 via mobile

Nice 5K. Hills, flat areas, wetlands, & woods. Beautiful wildlife and scenery - all good!! Highly recommended.

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Chicago
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 September 2016 via mobile

Rating for the park was 4 stars but only 1 star for the unhelpful staff at the nature center. Good for bird spotting. Lots of hiking choices including 2 boardwalks. Unwelcoming staff unable to provide good information. North boardwalk is separated from the main path by a gravel section and not fully wheelchair accessible.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2016

One can see various types of birds, frogs, snakes, deer, squirrels and other wildlife while walking or biking the trail here. The nature center is very well-done and has an excellent gift shop. It's nice to stop here to take a break, especially with youngsters along. They can look out the huge windows with binoculars that are provided and see... More 

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Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2016

Wildwood has a great walking/running/biking trail. The scenery is beautiful and there al also mini trails off the main path that allow more of a hiking experience. They had an interesting nature art gallery displayed though out the trail,

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 August 2016 via mobile

Attended activity for 3-5 year olds. Too baby for my 5 y.o. but we made the most of it and enjoyed the singing, storybooks, and craft. The exhibit was FANTASTIC! This is geared towards five and up in my opinion. We both enjoyed learning about the wetlands, habitat animals, and environmental matters. There is a tunnel for them go through,... More 

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Clearwater, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 August 2016

The trail was very shady. We did not need sunglasses. The water on both sides are very different from each other. We saw many creatures. Particularly liked the turtles.

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North Wales, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 August 2016

I took the Skyline trail, and had no idea how difficult it would be. There were many steep, long uphill climbs that left me out of breath. As an amputee, I struggle with hills, and was afraid that I was going to just not be able to get out, as there are no shortcuts back to the parking lot. When... More 

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