10 Trails to Hike this Autumn

Take advantage of the cooler weather and burgeoning fall foliage at these area hikes.

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The Philadelphia suburbs are home to plenty of fantastic trails to explore and take in beautiful sights throughout the fall season

In the fall, Pennsylvania comes alive with oranges, reds and yellows as the foliage changes. Get out and explore this season with these ten local hikes.

Chester Creek Trail

Popular with parents, couples and dog walkers alike, this 2.8-mile trail parallels the Chester Creek into Upland along the line of the Pennsylvania Railroad, beginning at the former SEPTA Wawa R3 station.

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Haverford Reserve

 

Andy Lewis Community Park at Haverford Reserve offers five miles of walking trails open to the public from dawn to dusk. These earthen trails are great for walking, jogging and even off-road biking.

Mount Joy Trail

This 3.8-mile trail near Chesterbrook is considered moderately challenging. Come explore all Mount Joy has to offer as you hike, run or walk the trail. Dogs are welcome, so don’t forget to bring your furry friend!

Okehocking Preserve

This 180-acre preserve in Chester County has meadows, uplands and wetlands, providing about seven miles of natural surface trails for visitors to enjoy.

Perkiomen Trail

Featuring primarily crushed stone paths, this 20-mile extension of the Schuylkill River Trail connects to various public parks and historical sites. The John James Audubon Center is one of many stops walkers can take to appreciate the foliage.

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Power Line Trail

This multiuse trail follows power lines through a blend of gorgeous greenery as well as roads, schools and parks and consists of six segments for a combined distance of 5.24 miles. The trail is pretty flat and links to several parks and points of interest in Horsham Township, making it a beautiful and leisurely walk.

Ridley Creek State Park

 

This 2,600-acre state park boasts seemingly endless color-coded trails, weaving throughout the thick natural habitat. Ridley Creek is ideal for nature lovers and casual hikers with both paved and unpaved trails that end by petite waterfalls and grazing horses. The 13 miles of hiking trails range in difficulty and trail type.

Schuylkill River Trail

This massive multiuse path extends across 120 miles from Frackville through Montgomery, Chester and Berks Counties all the way to Philadelphia. The trail travels through the rich history of the region as it passes through rural, agricultural, suburban, urban and industrial landscapes. Most of the trail is built on abandoned railroad tracks, which users can see evidence of as they stroll.

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Struble Trail

This 2.6-mile trail follows the Brandywine Creek toward Downingtown. Located on the original railbed of the Waynesburg Railroad, the flat terrain is perfect for picnics, fishing, biking and more.

Warwick Park

Warwick Park expands across 535 acres filled with hardwood forests, meadows and wetlands along with multiple trails ranging in length from .3 miles to three miles. The area provided raw timber for charcoal making in the 18th and 19th centuries, allowing you to explore a bit of history while meandering these trails.

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