Great Places for Nature Walks
December 6, 2013

 

Sometimes it’s tough to get out for a long hike during the winter months, especially with young kids.  But having two very high energy boys, I have found that our family needs to make time to enjoy the outdoors, even if we just go for a simple nature walk.  It keeps us grounded, provides us with some much needed fresh air and exercise, and is the perfect way to enjoy some family time.

Below are a some locations in the region that are great for getting outdoors with your kids to enjoy nature when you don’t have a lot of time or when the weather conditions don’t allow for a long or rugged hike.

1. Ironton Rail Trail 

This absolutely beautiful trail that is part of the Rails-to-Trails renovations associated with the Delaware and Lehigh National Heritage Corridor.  The Ironton Rail Trail loops through wooded areas and community parks in Northern Lehigh County.  Much of the paths are paved, making it ideal for bikes or strollers.  Parts of the trail run along the Coplay Creek.  Be sure to stop at some of the historic points of interest such as the old cement kilns located in Saylor Park.

2. Trexler Memorial Park 

Allentown’s 134-acre Trexler Memorial Park makes you forget that you are in an urban area.  The paved paths looping around the park take you along Little Lehigh Creek as well as a nearby pond with plenty of ducks and geese.  There are park benches for sitting and plenty of open areas for kids to play.

3. Upper Saucon Park 

Upper Saucon Park, in Lehigh County, is just over 70 acres and is part of the Saucon Rail Trail.  This serene little park features approximately 2 miles of trail that loops through the woods with paved trails for walking or bike riding.  It is a quiet, clean park with a great playground for little ones and plenty of open space, sports fields, benches, and a picnic pavilion.  This park is one of my toddler’s favorites.

4. John Heinz at Tinicum 

John Heinze National Refuge at Tinicum, located just a few miles from downtown Philadelphia, is a great get away from the hustle and bustle of the city.  This tranquil park offers 10 miles of trails and is home to all sorts of wildlife.  Over 280 types of migratory birds have been recorded here.  It is perfect for walking and relaxing with your family and for observing wildlife.           

                                          

 

5. Bob Rodale Cycling and Fitness Park  

Located in Trexlertown, the Bob Rodale Cycling and Fitness Park sits on 103 acres with a 1.3 mile paved track with separate walking, cycling, and inline skating lanes. There are nature trails throughout the park, a boardwalk along the wetlands, and a separate sand box and tricycle trail for little ones when it’s not too cold out.  During the warmer months, check out the Veledrome Cycling Center, where there are cycling events held almost every weekend.

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