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Wildwood Park

#4 of 54 things to do in Harrisburg Features Animals
100 Wildwood Way, Harrisburg, PA 17110-2914
+1 717-221-0292
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Fantastic Escape in the City!

This is a true gem for Harrisburg residents and visitors! Located just outside the city, you have... read more

Reviewed 10 July 2017
BeckyE618
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Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
Decent hike - but lots of highway noise

I guess I didn't expect much....we stopped to work out our legs - and it did the trick. it has a... read more

Reviewed 5 July 2017
TravelManSouth
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Nashville, Tennessee
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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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  • Very good33%
  • Average8%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible1%
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“nature center” (57 reviews)
“bird watching” (12 reviews)
“mile loop” (12 reviews)
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100 Wildwood Way, Harrisburg, PA 17110-2914
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Reviewed 10 July 2017

This is a true gem for Harrisburg residents and visitors! Located just outside the city, you have wildlife, mostly paved trails (one mile of flat gravel), lakes, clean restrooms and working water fountains. The whole loop is 3.1 miles and contains some challenging hills and...More

Thank BeckyE618
Reviewed 5 July 2017

I guess I didn't expect much....we stopped to work out our legs - and it did the trick. it has a lake loop trail....but there's lots of road noise. it's not nice...but it's clean, safe, and does the job.

Thank TravelManSouth
Reviewed 11 June 2017 via mobile

We enjoyed watching lots of people fish. There are a few areas to park your car with short paths to the lake. We only visited one area of park but drove by some of the other areas. All had quite a few people fishing. Bring...More

Thank Travelinklan
Reviewed 30 May 2017

We stopped at this park for a picnic and to stretch our legs on the way to nearby Hershey Park. There is a small nature center with bird / wildlife watching, kids activities and several miles of well developed trail to enjoy nature. Picnic pavilions...More

Thank Vicky N
Reviewed 23 May 2017

Bring your hiking shoes as some of the path gets murky and muddy. It's a beautiful park, mostly marsh. I never really saw many animals, but it's still a nice place to relax.

Thank dnh5041
Reviewed 22 May 2017 via mobile

Educational walk around the lake with an interesting assortment of wildlife on display. Expect hike to be 2 hours for complete hike around the lake.

Thank Lane P
Reviewed 22 May 2017

My husband, son, and I went biking at the Wildwood Park this past weekend. It was wonderful. My son is not yet two and rode along with his dad. We saw tons of birds, and bird watchers, geese, ducks, dogs (on leashes) and chipmunks. The...More

Thank lipeachy23
Reviewed 22 May 2017 via mobile

Wildwood park has so much to offer! You can pop by on your own for a leisurely walk or jog, or visit with your little ones to explore their nature and wildlife center.(BONUS:It's FREE and has CLEAN bathrooms!) They also host a spring and fall...More

Thank Alden N Jenn S
Reviewed 22 May 2017

I was forced to stay a weekend in Harrisburg, and was looking for things to do. This was not my 1st weekend here; it happened twice before. One weekend I drive out to some parks. This weekend I walked the Wildwood Park. I was very...More

Thank KeninAustin
Reviewed 20 May 2017

My sis-in-law and I took a short hike on a lakeside broadwalk and then visited the user-friendly nature science/visitor center on a Thursday morning, pretty early in the season to take ful advantage of the many nesting bird species that frequent this north end of...More

Thank Robert D
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Jennifer H
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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!
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