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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9 Best Places to Walk and Hike Near Philadelphia

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Manayunk Towpath

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.

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Weekend Roundup

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.

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