Love Hiking Around Philly? Bookmark This Awesome New Hiking Resource 

John Heinz Wildlife Refuge | Photo via @bewellphilly

John Heinz Wildlife Refuge | Photo via @bewellphilly

The Wissahickon is to my hiking life as Sweetgreen is to my work-lunch life: It’s great and it’s my  go-to because it’s great. But, like I fear I’ll Sweetgreen myself out because I go there more than anyone with 7,839 lunch options within a block of their office should, I am often afraid that I will someday Wissahickon myself out. After all, one can only hike past Devil’s Pool so many times before they stop thinking it’s beautiful and cool and start wondering instead why (oh, whyyyyy) anyone with a brain would willingly jump into that oh-so-gross water, right? And that’s where the new online Philly hiking resource Philly Day Hiker comes in. Read more »

Discover Hidden Wonders in Fairmount Park with This Guided Hiking Series

Fairmount Park Conservancy Hike | Photo via Facbooke

Hike in Fairmount Park | Photo via Facebook

When you think of Philadelphia, vibrant woodlands aren’t the first thing that comes to mind — but Philly is actually teeming with natural acres of forest that many locals fail to take advantage of. The Fairmount Park Conservancy hopes to change that with their Go Take a Hike! program, designed to help Philly residents discover the natural wonders hidden right in our backyard. Read more »

13 Reasons We Can’t Wait for Warm Weather in Philly

Yoga on the Pier | Photo by Matt Stanley

Yoga on the Pier | Photo by Matt Stanley

Lately, the weather has been like a flaky Tinder date. One minute, it’s sunny and warm and the next, it’s cold and isn’t answering your texts. Okay, maybe the ghosting-on-texts part doesn’t apply, but the cold definitely does. This week alone, the temperatures are supposed to flip-flop between the 40s and the 70s. Just as confusing as your last Tinder fling, right?

But the first day of spring is just 13 days away (!!), which means that temperamental weather should soon — hopefully! — be a thing of the past, with warm temps here to stay through September or so. Below, 13 reasons we can’t freakin’ wait for warm weather in Philly. If you’ve got reasons to add, list ‘em off in the comments! Read more »

Meet Matzo Ball, This Week’s Adoptable Hiking Dog

IMG_0215As you might know, every week we team up with our friends at the Monster Milers to feature an adoptable running dog. But this week, the best thing happened: All the adoptable running dogs kept getting adopted before we could feature them. Awesome, right? So this week, we bring you Matzo Ball. She’s not much for running, but with spring right around the corner, she’d make a great hiking buddy! Learn more about her below. Read more »

Happy Trails: The Best (Less Crowded) Places to Hike Around Philly

Belmont Plateau Trails | Photo via Facebook

Belmont Plateau Trails | Photo via Facebook

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 »

10 Reasons We Are So Stinkin’ Excited for Fall in Philly

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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 »

Did You Know You Can Hike the Wawa Preserve? And More Secret Local Trails You Can Find in This Handy New App

ChesLen Preserve, Photo credit: Simone Collins Landscape Architecture

ChesLen Preserve, Photo credit: Simone Collins Landscape Architecture

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.

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