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Wildwood Park

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100 Wildwood Way, Harrisburg, PA 17110-2914
+1 717-221-0292
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Great for nature lovers

Great place to walk , take your children or grandchildren . Olewine nature center located in the... read more

Reviewed 10 July 2017
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
Great spot to get outside near the city

Great spot for going on a simple walk on the Towpath, checking out nature or doing the loop around... read more

Reviewed 10 July 2017
Eogan D
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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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  • Very good34%
  • Average8%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible1%
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“nature center” (60 reviews)
“bird watching” (12 reviews)
“mile loop” (12 reviews)
100 Wildwood Way, Harrisburg, PA 17110-2914
+1 717-221-0292
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Reviewed 10 July 2017

Great place to walk , take your children or grandchildren . Olewine nature center located in the park has hands on activities for children . Walking trails and places to stop and observe nature .

Thank fmsnow
Reviewed 10 July 2017 via mobile

Great spot for going on a simple walk on the Towpath, checking out nature or doing the loop around the lake for a 5k. We're there regularly.

Thank Eogan D
Reviewed 10 July 2017

Wildwood Park is a bucolic setting to get away from city traffic and noise. They have a beautiful trail to walk, bike or run. Most of the trail is paved and depending on the direction you go it can be challenging with some elevation changes....More

1  Thank David R
Reviewed 10 July 2017 via mobile

Great natural location in the middle of a large urban area. Walkways take you through different settings.

Thank Courthouse067
Reviewed 10 July 2017

This is a true gem for Harrisburg residents and visitors! Located just outside the city, you have wildlife, mostly paved trails (one mile of flat gravel), lakes, clean restrooms and working water fountains. The whole loop is 3.1 miles and contains some challenging hills and...More

1  Thank BeckyE618
Reviewed 5 July 2017

I guess I didn't expect much....we stopped to work out our legs - and it did the trick. it has a lake loop trail....but there's lots of road noise. it's not nice...but it's clean, safe, and does the job.

Thank TravelManSouth
Reviewed 11 June 2017 via mobile

We enjoyed watching lots of people fish. There are a few areas to park your car with short paths to the lake. We only visited one area of park but drove by some of the other areas. All had quite a few people fishing. Bring...More

Thank Travelinklan
Reviewed 30 May 2017

We stopped at this park for a picnic and to stretch our legs on the way to nearby Hershey Park. There is a small nature center with bird / wildlife watching, kids activities and several miles of well developed trail to enjoy nature. Picnic pavilions...More

Thank Vicky N
Reviewed 23 May 2017

Bring your hiking shoes as some of the path gets murky and muddy. It's a beautiful park, mostly marsh. I never really saw many animals, but it's still a nice place to relax.

Thank dnh5041
Reviewed 22 May 2017 via mobile

Educational walk around the lake with an interesting assortment of wildlife on display. Expect hike to be 2 hours for complete hike around the lake.

Thank Lane P
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Jennifer H
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Response from Tara04002 | Reviewed this property |
Yes they do! In fact - at the main entrance they leave a bowl for the pups next to the water fountain!