When traveling on foot in Philadelphia, pedestrians should be prepared for rainy weather. Precipitation falls several days a month throughout the year. In winter, this can take the form of snow and make sidewalks slippery. Although snow rarely lingers, it can make paths icy during and shortly after snow events. Be prepared with good footwear or avoid walking when conditions are icy. When extreme heat occurs, avoid walking your dog during the heat of the day.
Pennypack Woods is a private housing association of two story, multi-family structures and duplex homes. The community is located between Holme Circle and Upper Holmes and centered around Pennypack Street. Willits Road is a busy commercial corridor on the north border and there is a shopping center on the east side of the home association. Traffic entering and leaving parking lots in the shopping area can pose a hazard to pedestrians walking in the neighborhood, so keep your dog secured.
Green spaces around housing units are crisscrossed with walking paths. The area has some slight inclines and curving roads but no steep sections that would make pedestrian travel difficult. The Pennypack Park, Creek, and Trail bend along the south side of the community and are easily accessible. The park provides a large forested area on the border and there is another stream just north of Pennypack Creek.
Pennypack Park is a 1,600 acre park complete with wooded areas, meadows, and open green spaces. The Pennypack Creek meanders through the park and this natural area is home to birds, mammals, reptiles, and amphibians so keep an eye out for wildlife when exploring. There are also several historic buildings, a historic bridge, and a working farm in the park. The Pennypack Trail Greenway runs through the park for 15 miles. The greenway surface is asphalt and dirt and used by equestrians, cyclists, people fishing in the creek, and sometimes, cross-country skiers in the winter.
Thomas Holme Park and playground is located in the community and the Holme Crispin Park also provides recreational facilities such as ball diamonds. Dogs should stay off sports fields and playgrounds, but can enjoy the open green spaces from pedestrian paths. The Wooden Bridge Run is a stream and ravine bordering the area with nature trails. Be cautious using unmaintained trails.