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Trails Near Philadelphia

Philadelphia: Appalachian Trail-South of 309

Most of this easy 7-mile hike passes under a tree-shaded ridgeline that insulates dayhikers from the outside world.

Philadelphia: Pinnacle and Pulpit Rocks

This sometimes-steep 6.8-mile loop climbs hillsides carpeted with mountain laurel and hardwoods to two sweeping vistas overlooking the Lehigh and Cumberland Valleys.

Philadelphia: Mt. Minsi via the AT

Wander through white pine, Eastern hemlock, and mountain lauren to the summit of Mt. Minsi on this 4.2-mile out-and-back sprinkled with lovely mountain overlooks.

Philadelphia: Wind Gap to Smith Shelter

This 8.8-mile, out-and-back wooded hike runs the spine of the Appalachian Mountains to one of the most remote AT shelters in Pennsylvania.

Philadelphia: Blue Mountain

Hike the backbone of eastern Pennsylvania on this moderate 10.8-mile round-trip along the AT, which visits craggy overlooks with stellar views of eagles and hawks.

Philadelphia: Boone Trail

Spend a sunny afternoon on this 6.1-miler hike among the hardwoods of French Creek State Park, skirting two lakes with pleasant picnic spots.

Scranton, PA: Falls Trail Loop to Adams Falls

Pass 21 waterfalls on this 6.2-mile, five-star loop through a wrinkled ravine and tranquil forest in Ricketts Glen State Park.

Philadelphia: Ridley Creek State Park

Re-energize yourself on the White-Yellow Loop, a mellow 4.4-mile lasso to a serene picnic spot in this small park just 16 miles from center city.

Philadelphia: Lock 12 Loop

Explore canal relics and tucked-away overlooks of the Mason-Dixon Trail on this 3.6-mile dayhike in Holtwood Environmental Preserve.

Appalachian Trail: Lehigh to Little Gaps

To enjoy the stretched-out ridgeline views on this 10-mile out-and-back, you’ll first have to navigate an interesting hand-over-foot scramble.

Philadelphia: Parvin Lake-Long Trail-Thundergust Loop

Hike quiet trails along the seam where oak forests, hardwood swamps, and pitch pine lowlands meet. Cross streams tinted brown by cedar and bog iron, and take a dip in the park’s large, centerpiece lake on this easy 4.6-miler in New Jersey’s Pine Barrens.

Philadelphia: Lavender Loop

Hike along a gorge on this hidden, seven-mile gem in the City of Brotherly Love.

Scranton, PA: Falls Trail Loop to Murray Reynolds Falls

Enjoy “the best waterfall hike in the East” on this 3.4-mile loop in Ricketts Glen State Park, which travels past 21 named cascades.

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