Wildwood Park is located minutes from downtown Harrisburg and is a convenient location to get "back to nature" close to the city. The trail is used by walkers, runners and bicyclists and is also dog-friendly. Dogs must be leashed and several "comfort stations" are provided.
The park is also an ideal location for birdwatchers with two boardwalks and a bird blind for up-close viewing. While this guide plots the main trail around Wildwood Lake, I would recommend taking advantage of the boardwalks and side trails to extend your visit and get you off the beaten path. To make even more of your time at Wildwood, be sure to visit when the Nature Center is open.
The park is open from dusk to dawn.
There is plenty of parking along Industrial Road or near the Nature Center.
There are several picnic areas and restrooms available.
The Nature Center is open Tuesday-Sunday 10:00 AM-4:00 PM.
The park can be fairly noisy due to the close proximity of the highway and an industrial park. While the din can detract from the overall "nature" experience, the beauty of the area and the abundance of wildlife certainly help to make up for it.
Volunteer opportunities are available.
This is a good place to de-stress after a long week. The noise from the roads is noticeable but not loud enough to really distract from the experience. The terrain is mostly a paved path, except for the few boardwalks and dirt trails. The Towpath trail is a wood chip covered one mile trail where you walk in between the old canal and the lake. Don't miss the Tall Timbers trail and the Fox Run trail, both short but fun diversions. Also don't miss the boardwalk that takes you through the swamp grasses. overall this is a great place to take a walk and get some much needed exercise. Visited on Apr 10, 2011