Morris Park is a forest wonderland in West Philadelphia. Criss-crossed by about three miles of walking trails that meander through lawn and forest, over dale, and by the creek, it's perfect for nature lovers looking to spot birds, wildflowers, and other local wildlife. It also has amenities that are sure to make your walk as convenient as it is wild. Bathrooms, trash cans, and water fountains are all available. Just remember to bring your own waste bags, clean up after your dog, and keep your pup on a leash.
Generations of community members have fought to keep Morris Park wild. In the 1960s, residents pushed back against plans to develop the park for commercial and military uses. Funds and volunteer efforts have been coordinated to remove invasive plants, build and restore trails, and even re-engineer the creek to flow above-ground once again, improving park drainage and increasing wildlife habitat. In the spring, come here to hear twittering birds building nests; in the winter, come to look for animal tracks. You might spot signs of fox, vole, or deer.
For families with both two-legged and four-legged children, an additional feature of Morris Park beyond its forests, streams, and trail system is Papa Playground in the southeast corner of the park. The park abounds with picnic tables, making it a great spot to bring a packed lunch or a meal from a nearby restaurant or deli. Community events open to all family members are scheduled here throughout the year, including concerts. If you start coming on a regular basis, consider joining the Friends of Morris Park for a park clean-up day or trail restoration event.
If you're in the neighborhood and want to treat your dog to the sights and scents of nature, don't hesitate to stop by Morris Park.