Going hiking during a fall weekend is a no-brainer: It doesn’t cost a dime, you get your heart rate up, and, oh, the leaves. But a peaceful Sunday-morning outing can quickly turn sour when you find yourself literally bumping into strangers at every bend. (I love you, Wissahickon trails, but man, you are crowded.) Still, there’s no need to hole up in your house all autumn long. We asked around to find the best lesser-known—but just as beautiful!—spots every hiking enthusiast should trek to this fall. Just not all at once, please. Read more »
Summer is great for many things: ditching work early on a Friday, backyard barbecues, day drinking on the beach without shame. But fall is a whole different ballgame that comes with equally great (though I’m sure Be Well editor Emily would say greater) offerings: Apple picking! The changing leaves! A generally less-sweaty life!
In anticipation of the first day of fall, coming up in just a week (can you believe it?!), 10 things we are so looking forward to, below. Read more »
We know what you’ll be doing this weekend: A whole lot of hiking. Pennsylvania Hiking Week kicks off tomorrow, Saturday, May 30th and runs through Sunday, June 7th. And, to celebrate, there are nearly 100 group hikes planned across the state throughout the week — so bust out your sneakers, people!
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If your holiday weekend isn’t all booked up just yet, consider penciling in this fun day-trip event. Suburban yoga studio Nourishing Storm is hosting a yoga hike (yes, a yoga hike) this Saturday at Lundale Farm in Pottstown.
Did You Know You Can Hike the Wawa Preserve? And More Secret Local Trails You Can Find in This Handy New App
Hold the phone: Did you guys know you can run, hike and, heck, just explore, the land surrounding Wawa’s corporate offices in Media? The 98-acre piece of land, located near the Wawa headquarters and aptly named Wawa Preserve, is owned and operated by the Natural Lands Trust.
It’s one of 39 lesser-known tree-, trail- and bird-filled preserves throughout eastern Pennsylvania and South Jersey, 18 of which are open free of charge for public use seven days a week. And to make this news even better, the Natural Lands Trust just rolled out a free app called ExploreNLT that makes navigating the many miles of trails within their preserves super simple.
The folks over at the Fairmount Park Conservancy are cooking up something pretty cool this fall. In addition to the group runs exploring the trails of the Belmont Plateau, they’re organizing guided group hikes in four Philly parks in October and November.
Check out the schedule:
What you’ll see: Spend the day enjoying the crisp air, changing leaves, and sunlight reflecting off water as you follow this two-mile path along the Manayunk Canal. Check manayunkcanal.org for a downloadable walking tour brochure, which includes some of the plant and animal highlights of the trek.
Access: The Towpath is accessible from Fairmount Park to the East and from the Schuylkill River Trail to the West, with numerous access points along Manayunk’s Main Street.
Friday, April 20
Stop by the Big Book Sale at Book Corner (10 a.m.) to pick up some summer reading to benefit the Free Library.
Guys Night Out goes to see The Tempermentals (6:45 p.m.), a play set in McCarthy’s pre-Stonewall America, at the Adrienne Theatre.
Men of All Colors Together hosts a meet and greet at the William Way (7:30 p.m.).
The Opera Company of Philadelphia presents Manon Lescaut (8 p.m.) at the Academy of Music.
Alison Krauss & Union Station plays Caesars Atlantic City (9 p.m.).
Happy third anniversary, Stimulus! The women’s party celebrates (10 p.m.) at Shampoo with a four-hour open bar.