Hikes Around Philadelphia [NOOK Book]

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Want to walk for a leisurely hour or two with the kids? Take them to the Churchville Nature Center, with its re-created Lenape Indian village and children's exhibits. Or would you prefer a more strenuous all-day hike? Try the rocky woods trail at Bake Oven Knob, Bear Rocks, and The Cliffs. Or if you're interested in wildlife, hike Green Lane Reservoir where 260 species of ...
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Hikes Around Philadelphia

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Overview

Want to walk for a leisurely hour or two with the kids? Take them to the Churchville Nature Center, with its re-created Lenape Indian village and children's exhibits. Or would you prefer a more strenuous all-day hike? Try the rocky woods trail at Bake Oven Knob, Bear Rocks, and The Cliffs. Or if you're interested in wildlife, hike Green Lane Reservoir where 260 species of birds have been sighted. Perhaps you'd simply like to hike from Pennsylvania to Delaware and back again. Then White Clay Creek Preserve is for you.



These are only five of the forty hiking trails described in Hikes Around Philadelphia. All are within an hour and a half's drive of the city. Ranging from 1.0 to 12.6 miles in length, they will take you through dense forests or wide-open meadows, past early farmsteads or a ringing boulder field from the last ice age. You can break your hike with a visit to a restored home or leave civilization behind on an isolated mountain ridge. Some of the trails are gravel or paved, or are canal towpaths, and are quite suitable for young children, older adults, or wheelchair hikers. Others are longer and more challenging, including rugged sections of the Appalachian Trail and the Horseshoe Trail.



For each hike Boyd Newman and Linda Newman provide a detailed write-up, a trail map showing the hike route on a USGS survey map, and directions to the trailhead. They also include information on distance, elevation, probable time, surface, interesting features, facililities, disability access, whether hunting is allowed in the vicinity, and availability to public transportation. This format allows you to browse through the book and easily locate the particular hike that appeals to you today.



In a concise introduction, the authors not only explain how to get the most out of the book but also give some hints on hiking safety and appropriate clothing and equipment. 



This handy reference offers:

*a detailed write-up of each hike

*easy-to-read trail maps

*directions to the trail heads

*information that are accessible by public transportation

*details about handicap accessibility

*lots of other pointers that make planned or last-minute hikes fun and easy for everyone

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781439907764
  • Publisher: Temple University Press
  • Publication date: 2/7/2011
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 224
  • File size: 10 MB

Meet the Author

Boyd Newman is a systems engineer with Lockheed Martin Corporation.



Linda Newman is a physical therapist with Keystone Care Therapies, Inc. They are members of the Keystone Trails Association.

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Table of Contents


Locator Map

Introduction

Hikes

1. Heinz Wildlife Refuge

2. Scott Arboretum

3. Springfield Trail

4. Leiper-Smedley Trail

5. Tyler Arboretum

6. Ridley Creek

7. Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education

8. Andorra natural Area

9. Wissahickon Gorge

10. Lorimer Park

11. Pennypack Wilderness

12. Neshaminy Park

13. Delhaas Woods and Silver Lake

14. Churchville Nature Center

15. Five-Mile Woods Preserve

16. Tyler State Park

17. Audubon Wildlife Sanctuary

18. Skippack Creek

19. Betzville Railroad Grade-Schuylkill River Trail

20. Valley Forge

21. Struble Trail

22. White Clay Creek Preserve

23. Nottingham Serpentine Barrens

24. French Creek

25. Hopewell Village and Baptism Creek

26. Nolde Forest

27. Daniel Boone Homestead

28. Green Lane Reservoir

29. Peace Valley

30. Bowman’s Hill State Wildflower Preserve

31. Tohickon Valley

32. Lake Nockamixon

33. Old Dry Road Farm

34. Ringing Rocks

35. Delaware Canal Towpath

36. Jacobsburg Settlement

37. Bake Oven Knob, Bear Rocks, and the Cliffs

38. The Pinnacle and Pulpit Rock

39. Blue Mountain and Phillips Canyon

40. Sand Spring-Tom Lowe Trail

Appendices

A. Hikes by Length

B. Hikes by Disability Access

C. Hike Map Index

D. Hikes Near Public Transportation




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