What we're about

Hiking Around Philly is different from most hiking groups because we hike off the beaten path. We hike in the woods and the city. We go places that won't be found on any hiker's map. The events are usually within a 1.5 hour drive from Philly, though we sometimes visit NYC or the Jersey shore. Sometimes we might head out for a week or so of exploring in a more exotic location.

And, we do a lot more than hike; we explore. Whether it be a trail in a park or a back alley in the city, we always look for neat things, and we find them. Did you notice the 25 foot dinosaur made from pink suntan lotion bottles? We take time to appreciate a beautiful tree, a low flying eagle, or a hickory horned devil (look it up). We visit museums, historic houses, bakeries, battleships, and other neat places. We appreciate architecture, sculptures (Philly has more than any other US city, yea!), or whatever we find near our path. After a hike we often eat at a special place. And, we rarely repeat ourselves.

Fearless lost explorers and sidney (fleas) are curious. This group is not for people content to only go down one trail and up another, nor for people happy to take the same or beaten path. This group may also be different because only one person leads hikes, gets folks lost, and does the bulk of administrative work. So, please read on (https://www.meetup.com/HikingAroundPhilly/pages/1628347/Important_Information_About_Each_Hike/) to make sure you want to be a proud one of the proud FLEAS (Fearless Lost Explorers & Sidney).

There is a charge for each event and a special inexpensive calendar year fee that includes most events, not all. I started the Hiking Around Philly Meetup group to have fun hiking and socializing with people. At my own discretion, members who habitually interfere with these objectives will be removed.

Upcoming events (5+)

Green Ribbon South

Germantown Academy Football Field


4 hours, 10-12 miles, great trails along Wissahickon, not hilly Please CLICK HERE (http://www.meetup.com/HikingAroundPhilly/pages/Important_Information_About_Each_Hike/) before rsvping. We do 2 different hikes from this meeting place. Usually we go upstream following the Green Ribbon Trail. Once in a while we go downstream or via Sheaf Lane past Highlands Historic Estate, many beautiful farms, and through Ft Washington State Park. If bridges are out on the Green Ribbon trail we'll go via Sheaf Lane. The Green Ribbon Trail starts in Upper Gwynedd Township, Montco, then follows Wissahickon Creek for about 13 miles into Philadelphia. The Green Ribbon South hikes starts near the Philly end of the trail, then twists and turns up stream for about 5 miles. We take a short break for lunch at Penllyn Woods before heading back. Much of the trail is right along the creek. Lots of wildflowers in the spring. Caution:You should be able to walk 3-4 hours without much of a break. You should have recently hiked 8 miles in conditions detailed above. To carpool from Hill House (201 W Evergreen Ave, Phila) meet 30 minutes before the event. Carpool time changes if hike time changes. Each carpooler chips in $1 at the start. Email me ([masked]) 3-4 days in advance and receive a reply.

Atlantic City Margate Beach Boardwalk Hike

Dino's Sub Shop


4-6 hours with lunch, 10-12 miles, beach, boardwalk --- carpool from Hill House or 30th St Station, $12, 2 hours before at hill house, 1hr45min before 30th st Please CLICK HERE before rsvping. Walking down the shore off season is really fun. Parking is no issue. Less folks on beach, so it's quieter and easy to walk. The weather is cooler too. We'll meet at Dino's Sub Shop in Margate where I usually purchase a sub for lunch. We'll walk the beach/boardwalk to the Playground Pier where we eat lunch overlooking the ocean. You can also buy food on/off the pier. We'll continue to the end of the boardwalk, check out the progress of last mile of boardwalk construction, then head back via boardwalk/beach. CAUTION: If you haven't recently hiked at least 7 miles in this type of terrain, then you should first try one of our shorter duration hikes. To carpool from Hill House meet at 2 hours before event. Pick up at 30th St Station in front of Cira Center at 1 hr 45 min before event. Each carpooler chips in $12 at the start. Email me 3-4 days in advance and receive a reply.

Brunch Hike - The Dutch

The Dutch


Please bring enough CASH to pay the bill. Be there on time or earlier. (http://www.meetup.com/HikingAroundPhilly/pages/Dining_Out_At_Events/)why. Please CLICK HERE (http://www.meetup.com/HikingAroundPhilly/pages/Important_Information_About_Each_Hike/) before rsvping. I love a good breakfast or brunch. We will meet at a different great breakfast place, then head out for a 1.5-2 hour hike in the restaurant area. If you just want to hike, meet us at the restaurant 30-45 minutes later. I often drive in early or go by train, so contact me for details. I usually take the Chestnut Hill West train. If I drive, we carpool from Hill House (201 W Evergreen Ave, Phila) one hour before. Each carpooler usually chips in $3 at the start. Best to email me ([masked]) 3-4 days in advance and receive a reply.

Dinner Hike - Manakeesh Cafe & Bakery

Lloyd Hall


We'll hike from the Art Museum to Manakeesh Cafe & Bakery, 45th Walnut Sts. Please CLICK HERE (http://www.meetup.com/HikingAroundPhilly/pages/Important_Information_About_Each_Hike/) before rsvping. We will take a route that lasts for 2-2.5 hours towards the restaurant. We eat then head back. If you want to meet us at the restaurant, keep in touch by cell or comments on the site. We usually arrive around[masked]pm but plans can change. Afterwards we usually walk for another 1-1.5 hours. Often the total distance is over 10 miles. To carpool from Hill House (201 W Evergreen Ave, Phila) we usually meet an hour early. To confirm email ([masked]) me 3-4 days in advance and receive a reply. Please chip in $2-4 if you carpool. CAUTION: If you haven't recently hiked at least 4 miles, then you should first try one of our shorter duration hikes.

Past events (2,268)

Friday Wissahickon Chestnut Hill Dinner Hike

Hill House Apartment Homes


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