AMC's Best Day Hikes near Philadelphia Four-Season Guide to 50 of the Best Trails in Eastern Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware

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  • Edition: 2nd
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2018-03-27
  • Publisher: Appalachian Mountain Club Books
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AMC's Best Day Hikes near Philadelphia will take you through 50 of the region's best hikes for all levels. Ideal for families, tourists, and locals alike, this easy-to-use guide will help you explore Eastern Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware year-round, from lesser-known excursions to area favorites, including several hikes on the Appalachian Trail.

Take a walk through historic Valley Forge, discover the beautiful Brandywine Creek State Park, and see the Pinnacle's spectacular views on the Appalachian Trail. Fully revised and updated, this edition features new hikes in Wolf's Hollow Country Park, Stroud Preserve, Brendan Byrne State Forest, Rockhopper/Dry Run Creek Trails, Trexler Preserve, and Blue Marsh Lake. All descriptions of previously featured trails have been updated to reflect the most recent openings, closings, and reroutings, highlighting the best hikes within an hour or two of Philadelphia.

Author Biography

Susan Charkes, a resident of southeast Pennsylvania, is a hike leader with AMC's Delaware Valley Chapter and a trail maintainer with Batona Hiking Club of Philadelphia. She works in land conservation and has served on the Stewardship Council of the Appalachian Trail Conservancy. Her other books include Outdoors With Kids Philadelphia, published by AMC Books, and The Wild Here and Now, a collection of nature essays.

Table of Contents

How to Use This Book
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Trip Planning and Safety
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Leave No Trace
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Section 1: Southeastern Pennsylvania and Delaware
1. Fairmount Park Loop (Art Museum)
2. Wissahickon Valley Park
3. Pennypack Park
4. John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge at Tinicum
5. Ridley Creek State Park
6. Valley Forge National Historical Park—Mount Misery and Mount Joy
7. Valley Forge National Historical Park—River Trail
8. Green Ribbon Trail
9. Pennypack Ecological Restoration Trust
10. Alapocas Run State Park
11. Lums Pond State Park
12. White Clay Creek Preserve/White Clay Creek State Park
13. Brandywine Creek State Park
14. Wolf's Hollow County Park NEW
15. Stroud Preserve NEW
16. French Creek State Park
17. Green Lane Park—Perkiomen Trail
18. Peace Valley Nature Center
19. Ralph Stover State Park and Tohickon Valley Park
20. Nockamixon State Park
21. Clarence Schock Memorial Park at Governor Dick
22. Money Rocks Park
23. Kelly's Run
24. Mason-Dixon Trail—Holtwood Environmental Area

Section 2: Central and Southern New Jersey
25. Cape May
26. Parvin State Park
27. Mullica River Trail
28. Batona Trail: Carranza Memorial to Apple Pie Hill
29. Brendan Byrne State Forest NEW
30. Ted Stiles Preserve at Baldpate Mountain
31. Sourland Mountain Preserve
32. Bull's Island—Delaware Canal and Delaware & Raritan Canal
33. Rockhopper/Dry Run Creek Trails NEW
34. Musconetcong Gorge Preserve

Section 3: Berks County & Lehigh Valley
35. Mariton Wildlife Sanctuary
36. Trexler Preserve NEW
37. Jacobsburg Environmental Education Center
38. Monocacy Trail
39. Neversink Mountain Preserve
40. Nolde Forest Environmental Education Center
41. Blue Marsh Lake NEW
42. Lehigh Parkway
43. South Mountain Preserve
44. Appalachian Trail—Route 309 to Bake Oven Knob
45. Lehigh Gap Nature Center (revision of AT Lehigh Gap W)
46. Appalachian Trail—Lehigh Gap East
47. Hickory Run State Park
48. Glen Onoko Falls/Lehigh Gorge State Park
49. Appalachian Trail—The Pinnacle and the Pulpit
50. Sand Spring Trail and Tom Lowe Trail
Nature Essays
Wissahickon Schist
Here Today, Gone Tomorrow
Valley Forge: The Encampmnet of 1777-78
Splendor in the Grass: Meadowlands and Grasslands
Signs Without Words
Jump in the Pool
Bambi, Keep Out!
Out of the Blue, Into the White
Eight Legs, One Orb
Brown is Not Dirty
Black Rock, Green Forests
How Green is My Valley?
Song of the Eternal Morning
Trailside Fruits and Berries
The King is Dead; Long Live the King

Critical Treasures of the Highlands
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Further Reading
About the Author
Applachian Mountain Club
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AMC Delaware Valley Chapter
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AMC Books Updates
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