Discover Hidden Gems of Philly Parks With These Guided Hikes

There's lots of outdoorsy fun in store with Love Your Park Week coming up!

The eighth annual Love Your Park Week is bringing us a whole slew of outdoorsy events this month and guided hikes are at the top of our list. From May 13th through the 21st, the Philadelphia Parks and Recreation Department and the Fairmount Park Conservancy have a bunch of park-centric events planned to get people outside and enjoying the Philadelphia park system. The week kicks off on Saturday, May 13th, with a citywide volunteer day full of clean-ups, flower planting and anything else that needs to be done to beautify over 100 parks across the city. (Who knew we had so many parks? So much to explore, eh?)

Now, let’s get to the really good stuff: the guided hikes. There are nine hikes and walks on the books for the week, at varying times, to encourage Philadelphians to explore new-to-you parks and trails and soak in the benefits of the great outdoors. And even if you have spent plenty of time in Philly’s parks, the hikes will certainly point out hidden gems nestled in ’em that you’ve overlooked. Think: all sorts of birds, plants and history. Here’s a taste of what you can expect from the hike lineup: bird walks, guided hikes through the Wissahickon and — wait for it —  a botany hike (!!) and more. You can check out the full lineup here, including details and registration info. Need I remind you how time spent in nature can improve your health?

In addition to volunteering for citywide clean-ups (you can sign up to volunteer here!) and enjoying a nice trek, there are a whole bunch of other ways to get involved with Love Your Park Week, including yoga, bike rides, community festivals and live music. Oh! And there are also some Mother’s Day-specific events to help you celebrate your mom and Mother Nature. You can check out the full list of events, locations and sign up to join in here.

Happy cleaning, greening and appreciating!

UPDATE 5/12: With rain expected for this weekend, some Love Your Park Week events will be rescheduled or canceled. You can find more info here.

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