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Pennypack Park

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Location: Pennsylvania, United States, North America

Lat/Lon: 40.08937°N / 75.06949°W

Trail Type: Cross Country

County: Philadelphia

Technical Difficulty: Easy

Aerobic Difficulty: Medium

Layout: Loop

Length: 6.0 Mi / 9.7 Km

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Created/Edited: Apr 27, 2011 / May 1, 2011

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Overview

Pennypack Park is a system of trails along Pannypack Creek within the city limits of Northwestern Philadelphia. The gentle creek and rolling valley is part of the city's famed Fairmount park system and adjoins Lorimer Park to the north, Pennypack environmental center as well as Philadelphia's only remaining farm, The Fox Chase farm. The trails include a paved multi use path along the creek, a gravel equestrian path with singletrack trails looping in and out of the hillsides.

 
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There are many opportunities to get off the beaten path and in an area that was cultivate by early Native American then conquered by settlers and developed in 1687, there is a long history to be found.
For more natural and cultural history check out the cheesy but informative site by the Friend of Pennypack Park

Pennypack park is like a smaller, gentler version of the city's other valley park


Trail Description

 
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Because mountain biking is not the primary vision of the park, there is no well marked mountain biking route. The best riding is made up of short loops the swirl in and out of the equestrian bridal path and up into the hills throughout the valley. Often the trail rejoins the paved multi-use path in order to pass under the many bridges that span pennypack creek.

While Pennypack Park meanders 14 miles southeast to the Delaware River most of the mountain biking lies in the upper half of the park, that which is found between Pine Road and the Roosevelt Blvd bridge. There the hills offer gentle climbs with mostly smooth and buff rolling turns.

When heading to pennypack for the first time expect to spend much of the ride exploring the outer loops rather than linking together a seamlessly flowing ride.
For more about the natural history as well as

Getting There

Pennypack Park can be easily accessed by Regional Rail from Center City Philadelphia by taking the Fox Chase Regional to the Northernmost station, "Fox Chase". Bikes are allowed on trains during non peak hours and on weekends. From the Fox Chase Station go West for one block to Pine Road. Take a sharp right (North) onto Pine road and follow pine road 1.2 miles down the hill to the parking area which will be on the Right.

 
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When to Bike

The trail is accessible in all seasons.

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