John Heinz Refuge Trail


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John Heinz Refuge Trail Facts

States: Pennsylvania
Counties: Philadelphia
Length: 7.7 miles
Trail end points: Lindbergh Blvd. and S. 84th St. and Wanamaker Ave.
Trail surfaces: Crushed Stone
Trail category: Greenway/Non-RT
ID: 8788372
Trail activities: Bike, Fishing, Wheelchair Accessible, Walking

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John Heinz Refuge Trail Description

The John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge offers nearly 8 miles of crushed-stone trail in two wide loops to explore the scenic Tinicum Marsh, open meadows, and woodlands. The trail offers terrific opportunities for bird watching and wildlife viewing; you might see deer, possums, fox, turtles, frogs, and muskrats. Darby Creek runs through the park, so there are also opportunities to canoe and fish.

Located in southwest Philadelphia across from the Philadelphia International Airport, which sits on the other side of I-95, the refuge provides an important connection to nature for city dwellers. The park's pathway is also part of an effort called The Circuit to connect trails throughout the Philadelphia region.

Parking and Trail Access

To reach the east end of the trail, take Exit 14 from I-95 onto Bartram Avenue. Turn right onto 84th Street, then left on Lindbergh Boulevard. Travel a block down Lindbergh to reach the refuge entrance.

Parking is also available on the west end of the trail. Take Exit 9B from I-95, which will take you to Wanamaker Avenue/Route 420. Look for the parking lot immediately after you get on that street. (Parking is available on both sides of Wanamaker Avenue.)

John Heinz Refuge Trail Reviews

This was a pretty nice trail. It is better for a mountain bike rather than a road bike. Most of it is either dirt or gravel.

Working at the airport and looking for a fun, easy run close by to suit my limited ability !! I ran around Derby lake which was about a 5k distance on double track trail. Trail was wide with no elevation, a little muddy after the rain but easily run able. Parking was easy, facilities were clean, run was fun. I will be back next time I’m in town !!

I took my bike (with mountain bike tires on it) and rode the loop. The path is wide and pretty smooth so you don't really need the mountain bike tires. Beautiful day, beautiful place, not overrun with too many people to make it difficult to ride without constantly stopping (wide paths help). The earlier you go, the more birds and wildlife you'll see. It's about a 45 minute ride up I-95 and worth it. Fish, boat, walk or ride, you'll enjoy your time here.


My 10 and 7 year olds had no problems keeping up. Great trails for little legs. So much to see here. They loved stopping along the way to read the signs and taking a look at the visitor center.

2 places to enter this trail. you will most likely see other bikers and hikers. multiple places/trails to explore. all flat no mountains to deal with. some of the off trails can be rough but that's the way i like it.

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