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Wildwood Park

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100 Wildwood Way, Harrisburg, PA 17110-2914
+1 717-221-0292
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Great place for a walk, great nature center

Great loop around the pond / wetlands with a number of side trails as well. The main loop is paved... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Stacey P
Awesomely peaceful

What a beautiful place! Tons of paths and trails into the “Park“ with tons of different plants... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Stephanie S
Carlisle, Pennsylvania
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Wildwood Park is located in the rolling hills of central Pennsylvania on the outskirts of downtown Harrisburg. Its 229 acres are a haven for countless species of flora and fauna centered around the 90 acre freshwater wetland. A popular three-mile loop trail encircles the park with side trails and boardwalks for a total of six miles of trails. Its attractive Olewine Nature Center features engaging exhibits on environmental education. Established in 1901, during the City Beautiful Movement, Wildwood was part of a nationwide effort to improve urban life. In 1976, the Dauphin County Commissioners assumed ownership of the property. Now managed by Dauphin County Parks and Recreation Department, Wildwood Park is one of Pennsylvania’s premier centers for environmental studies, educational opportunities and outdoor recreation. It is a cherished retreat for nature lovers, bird watchers and exercise enthusiasts.
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  • Average8%
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  • Terrible1%
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“nature center” (60 reviews)
“bird watching” (12 reviews)
“mile loop” (12 reviews)
100 Wildwood Way, Harrisburg, PA 17110-2914
+1 717-221-0292
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Great loop around the pond / wetlands with a number of side trails as well. The main loop is paved and easily accommodates strollers or wheelchairs. (Side trails are not paved.) Plenty of wildlife if you look for it. Saw a mink here once. Large...More

Thank Stacey P
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

What a beautiful place! Tons of paths and trails into the “Park“ with tons of different plants trees and animals. Cute little resource center with A “Museum” about different animals and birds you could see there. They also provide binoculars to sit by a huge...More

Thank Stephanie S
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Excellent for kids and a short hike. We were lucky enough to be there on a day they were tagging ruby throated hummingbirds. Watching them cleverly capture these fantastic birds was sensational. Of course, only permitted folks were permitted to hold and release. However, boys...More

Thank Jeffrey E
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Wildwood Park offers about 5 miles of trails close to the City of Harrisburg. My favorite trail is a flat 2 mile (up and back) trail that uses part of the old Pennsylvania Canal. Ths is a great place to experience a relaxing, scenic walk....More

Thank jcapita
Reviewed 8 December 2017

I love going to Wildwood park for a quick stroll or a longer walk with my dogs. They enjoy the paths and smells of nature. Usually very quiet with a few other nature lovers on the path. Benches are spread around the lake for taking...More

Thank gb-harrisburg
Reviewed 10 November 2017

Good place to start exercising! Take a break from it all and clear you head with a nice casual walk through the wetlands with scenic surroundings and obscurely placed creative artworks. The artwork is new to the park and adds an interesting perspective to the...More

Thank rsvenneri
Reviewed 9 November 2017 via mobile

Been coming here for years with our dogs. Great place for a walk. Lots of vegetation and the right amount of hills. Highly recommend.

Thank smitty5952
Reviewed 4 October 2017 via mobile

So highly recommend this hike! Park is just too beautiful - and the Arts in the Park were just icing on the cake!

Thank Golfnutz72
Reviewed 3 October 2017

Perfect spot for fall walks in the woods or along the boardwalks. Nature center offers free exhibits and hands-on activities for young children. Be sure to catch the bird-watching window.

Thank annemargaret1
Reviewed 2 October 2017

Three mile walking path provides tons of beauty, deer, birds, ducks, and geese galore. Safe whether you are alone or with family/friends. Great way to unwind after a long day of work.

Thank maryjom231
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Jennifer H
16 August 2016|
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Response from Tara04002 | Reviewed this property |
Yes they do! In fact - at the main entrance they leave a bowl for the pups next to the water fountain!