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With the 32-acre Poquessing Valley Park and the 500 acres of parkland of the Benjamin Rush State Park, it’s easy to feel like far Northeast Philly is fortunate when it comes to green space. But the mere fact that these facilities were not safely, comfortably accessible via biking and walking were hampering the full enjoyment of these facilities. The Poquessing Creek Trail meets this need, connecting residents of this neighborhood to nature. The hard surface trail begins at Junod Playground, going past a number of athletic amenities, with connections to the otherwise dead-ended suburban streets like Mechanicsville and McNulty Roads. It threads through Poquessing Valley Park north until it connects to Benjamin Rush State Park nature trails. While it’s only 1.5 miles long, the trail goes a long way into improving access to the outdoors for residents. The trail is part of The Circuit, a regional network of multi-use trails in the Greater Philadelphia Area.
Park at the Junod Playground. Access the lot via Mechanicsville Road.
I moved to Parkwood as a child in 1964 and these trails have really changed for the best! I still miss the old corn fields of old Byberry hospital but the trail brings back so many wonderful memories it's a blessing to reconnect!
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