Pennypack Preserve
GOOD FOR: Ages 9-12

Source:Outdoors with Kids Philadelphia (AMC Books)
Address:2955 Edge Hill Road, Huntingdon Valley, PA
Hours:Trails open dawn to dusk daily; visitor center open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Sunday, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Fee: Free
Contact:, 215-657-0830

Bathrooms: Outside visitor center
Water/Snacks: Water fountain outside visitor center
Map: (click on Trails & Maps)

Walk or bike in meadows, in woods, and along old roads in the beautiful upper Pennypack Creek valley.

Pennypack Preserve
Photo by: Susan Charkes

The 800-plus acres of the Pennypack Preserve are remarkable for their diverse natural beauty and variety of family activities. The grounds are a mosaic of meadows, farm fields, and woods along the Pennypack Creek, interlaced with 11 miles of trails, including 2.6 miles of multipurpose trails open to bikes and horses as well as hikers.

The preserve is owned by the nonprofit Pennypack Ecological Restoration Trust, which has restored many acres of meadows and forest here. Start at the visitor center, which has several small exhibits on local wildlife and nature. Below the visitor center is a pond with an observation deck and openings along the banks where youngsters can look for frogs and turtles.

Creek Road (closed to vehicles), along the creek, is a level, pleasant, multipurpose trail that runs between the creek and woods, and past ruins of mill structures and a historical stone bridge. The trail continues onto Pennypack Creek Trail and Pennypack Parkway (trail). The entire stretch is easily walkable and is open to bikes. Small parking areas are at either end, at Mason’s Mill and Creek roads, providing direct access. Anglers will find many flat, shaded, sandy areas along the creek.

Other trails and natural footpaths traverse the woods and meadows. Most sections are gently hilly, easily hiked by young children; the steeper, rockier Peak Trail offers older kids more of a challenge.

Along the trails are informational signs that describe many of the preservation and restoration projects. The Pennypack Trust offers educational nature programming throughout the year. Call or visit its website for details.

Remember: Dogs are permitted only on designated trails.

Plan B:

Briar Bush Nature Center has trails and a small museum (fee charged), both of which are good for young children.

Where to Eat Nearby:

The closest commercial area is west on PA 63. Pack a picnic to enjoy at picnic tables near the visitor center.


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