John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge at Tinicum, Philadelphia

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The John Heinz NWR at Tinicum, America's First Urban Refuge is located in Philadelphia and Delaware Counties, Pennsylvania about 1 mile from Philadelphia International Airport. The refuge was established by an act of Congress in 1972 to protect the largest remaining freshwater tidal marsh in Pennsylvania; approximately 200 acres. When acquisition is complete, it will consist of 1000 acres of varied habitats.

The Refuge trails are open daily from sunrise to sundown. The Visitor Center is open daily from 8:30 am to 4:00 pm.
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  • Went there for the day for a spot of local birding whilst on holiday from the UK. Well worth it although it was a long day partially because of the size of the place and partially because each singing...  more »
  • Came here on the 4th of July, so the visitor center was closed. It was hot so we did not walk a lot but found a trail that took us over a marsh and to a lookout tower. I saw hummingbirds, wood duck, m...  more »
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  • A great stop on the way to airport or if you just want to “escape” the city without actually leaving the city. This wildlife reserve dispels the math that urban areas cannot incorporate nature. There are numerous hiking trails and areas to observe the creek as well as even in the area for canoes. There are paved paths in addition to unpaved paths for a more authentic nature immersion experience.
  • One of the best areas I've been to around Philly. It is interesting how they are smack dab in the middle of a very populated area, yet you feel like you are the only one around listening to the birds. So much nature to explore and the Friends of John Heinz have tons of educational programs for kids. Overall an amazing park.
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