Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, is an amazing place to visit for historic reasons, but did you know there are many hiking trails within the area that are pawtastic as well? You and Fido should check out the John Heinz National Wildlife Area for some near-city hiking that will seem like you are far away from it all.
Pick up the trailheads at one of two locations within the wildlife area. The northeast parking lot can be found at the end of Lindbergh Blvd, at the Cusano Environmental Education Center. The southwest parking lot, at the other end of John Heinz, can be accessed from Hwy 420, just off Exit 9B from Hwy 95. The entire preserve is just west of the Philadelphia Airport.
You will have the choice of two loop trails that begin at either trailhead parking lot. Each are about 4 miles long, and equal a total hiking distance of 7.7 miles. Both are crushed stone footing, and they will take you and your furry friend through the entire area. You will be taken along Darby Creek, the Tinicum Tidal Marsh, and a tidal restoration marsh area. These scenic expanses are full of birds and other water fowl which are beautiful to photograph.
If your pup likes to go for a ride, canoes are welcome on the creek, and fisherman are plentiful. There is a dedicated canoe launch near the north parking lot, fishing spots marked along the trails, and many observation areas offered throughout this wildlife location. Restrooms and drinking fountains can be found at the north parking area at the education center. The paths are wheelchair accessible, and the entire system of trails then connect to The Circuit, which runs into the city of Philadelphia to offer hiking to all.
If you have some time while you are in Philadelphia, why not head outdoors with your puptastic friend and spend some quality time together.