Lorimer Park
GOOD FOR: Ages 9-12

Source:Outdoors with Kids Philadelphia (AMC Books)
Address:183 Moredon Road, Huntingdon Valley, PA
Hours:8 a.m. to sunset daily
Fee: Free

montcopa.org/parks, 215-947-3477

Bathrooms: At main-entrance picnic area
Water/Snacks: Water fountain at main-entrance picnic area

Explore rock cliffs, run through tree-lined meadows, fish in the creek, or go sledding at this wooded park on Pennypack Creek.

Lorimer Park
Photo by: Susan Charkes

The most distinctive feature of Montgomery County’s 230-acre Lorimer Park, along the Pennypack Creek in Abington Township, is the dramatic series of steep rock formations that loom over the creek, the highest of which is known as a “Council Rock,” a historical site for Lenape Indian meetings. The steep cliffs of silvery, mica-laden rock (schist and gneiss) provide a beautiful backdrop for walking along the creek. Kids will enjoy scrambling up the rocks via trails that ascend the rocks from the back side near the pedestrian bridge, and looking down from the summit—a definite thrill for (well-supervised, older) children.

In addition to the woods trails, a level, 1.8-mile crushed-stone rail trail is open to walking and biking. Most of the park’s 8 miles of trails are open to equestrians and, in winter, cross-country skiers. Kids love sledding down the park’s hills when snow is on the ground. Visit in fall for beautiful foliage on the park’s huge canopy of trees.

Anglers of all ages can fish from the banks of the creek, which is stocked with trout. The creek runs through the central and north sections of the park, flows past the picnic area, and follows near the rail trail for just over a mile of its length.

A large picnic area along the creek takes advantage of the pretty views of the cliffs and is a great place to rest after you explore the woods and meadows of the park.

Remember: Pets must be leashed. Swimming is not allowed in the stream, but wading while fishing is OK. The park periodically hosts child-friendly events and programs, such as “Butterflies and Bugs” and bird walks. Check the park’s website for schedules and details, or call ahead.

Plan B:

Philadelphia’s Pennypack Park, where shaded biking and walking trails follow the creek downstream, is just across Pine Road.

Where to Eat Nearby:

The closest commercial area is along PA 232 (Oxford Avenue, near Rhawn Street). Otherwise, plan to pack a picnic.


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