Aston Woodbridge is a small neighborhood in northeast Philadelphia that was once owned by Thomas Holmes. When Holmes died, he emancipated his slaves and it was their descendants that owned and farmed the land. Today, some of the descendants of this community still live here along with the airport and railroad industry. Along Roosevelt Blvd., there is an active commercial sector including places to stop for a bite to eat. You will also find a place to stop for Lucky’s treats and favorite toys.
The weather in Philadelphia leaves a lot of time for walking, even in the winter months. However, snow is not uncommon and can keep you indoors, sometimes for weeks. Spring and fall are typically mild and the best time to walk with your pup, while it is often hot and humid in the summer. The pavement can be too hot for your pup's paws during the summer, so keep your walks to earlier in the day.
Most of the neighborhood has sidewalks for walking on and a few of the sidewalks have trees and grass for your dog to explore. There is not a lot of vegetation, but if you choose your walking route carefully, chances are good that you can find at least a couple of places where your dog can sink their feet into some grass.
One thing to look out for is that this area is intersected with the airport and some busier roads such as Highway One. You will want to plan your walking route carefully to avoid these areas, especially if you want to access the retail centers near the highway. This area can be very congested and may not be the safest place to walk. If you do choose to walk along this road, there is a sidewalk on the northwest side of the highway that will make walking safer.
Many of the rivers and creeks in this area are surrounded by greenways and make great places to walk. Pennypack Creek has an extensive greenway surrounding it as well as the Pennypack Trail. The entire greenway is considered part of the Pennypack Park. The trail is paved, but since it is along a greenway, your dog can choose to walk off the trail in the grass. This is ideal for hot days when the pavement may be too hot for their feet.
At the north end of Pennypack Creek, you will also find Montgomery Lorimer Park which offers beautiful scenery, hiking, and wildlife to enjoy. There is also a greenway surrounding the Wooden Bridge Run Creek and, while there is no established or maintained trail along this creek, you can still take your dog down the creek for a bit of time in nature as well as some cool water.