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+)

Early Brunch Hike - Luna Cafe, 700 N 3rd St, Kensington

We meet at 830am, then walk to the restaurant. Eat whenever we arrive. We also walk after we eat. Please bring enough CASH to pay the bill. Be there on time or earlier. Read this for details about dining out with us. (http://www.meetup.com/HikingAroundPhilly/pages/Dining_Out_At_Events/) Please CLICK HERE (http://www.meetup.com/HikingAroundPhilly/pages/Important_Information_About_Each_Hike/) before rsvping. 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 - Sarvida (filipino)

Lloyd Hall


We'll hike from the Art Museum to Sarvida, 300 E Girard, Fishtown. 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.

Friday Wissahickon Chestnut Hill Beer Lovers Hike

Hill House Apartment Homes


2-3 hours, 5-8 miles, some hills, small alleyways and streets, some trails, dinner option afterwards, bring some beer, we can sit outside in a garden area and sip a few maybe with dinner Please CLICK HERE (http://www.meetup.com/HikingAroundPhilly/pages/Important_Information_About_Each_Hike/) before rsvping We'll take a 2-3 hour loop walk through the Wissahickon Chestnut Hill area. Caution: You should be able to walk 2-3 hours without much of a break. You should have recently hiked 6 miles in conditions detailed above.

Bartram's Garden, Historic Woodlands Cemetery and Clarke Park Farmers Market

2-4 hours, walking cemetery, Clarke Park Farmers Market, Bartram's Gardens, Schuylkill River Path nearby, tours available of gardens/house. Please CLICK HERE (http://www.meetup.com/HikingAroundPhilly/pages/Important_Information_About_Each_Hike/) before rsvping. The Woodlands Cemetery is a very special place. Once part of the half mile wide Hamilton Estate, the cemetery is the resting place of many famous people include the founders of Drexel University, JP Morgan Company, and Campbell Soup as well as many politicians and Union Generals. Also of interest are several artists such as Thomas Eakins whose Gross Clinic painting recently cost a group of Philly investors about 68 million to keep in town. It is considered one of the most significant 19th century American paintings. Read how the painting was kept in town: https://www.freemansauction.com/news/how-eakins%E2%80%99-gross-clinic-stayed-philadelphia Gross the doctor, as well as the first brain surgeon, and a UPenn dentist who developed new techniques are also buried here as well as one of Bartram's daughters. Dr Evans, the world renown dentist, has the tallest monument in the cemetery. William Bucknell, known as a benefactor of the University of Lewisburg (PA) prompted the schools name change to Bucknell after a $50,000 donation. Also of interest is the Hamilton Estate house from the 1700's which is on the premises. After exploring this area for about 1-1.5 hours, finding the graves of some notable (there will be prizes) we will head over to Bartram's Gardens about 2 miles away by car. First we'll visit the Farmers Market at Clarke Park, right next to where we meet. Driving into the Bartrams Garden estate is like going back in time. It's a real cool place. We'll explore the Gardens and the Schuylkill Path which are right along the water, 2-4 miles total. Tours are offered at the House/Gardens for about $12. I plan on taking the 1pm garden tour. House tours are offered at noon and 2pm. To carpool meet me at Hill House, 201 W Evergreen 45 minutes before the event.

Past events (2,420)

Special Strathmere Ocean City Beach Boardwalk Hike

Corson's Inlet State Park HAP


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