John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge at Tinicum, Philadelphia

4.6
#15 of 29 in Wildlife in Pennsylvania
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John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge at Tinicum is located in Philadelphia. Plan your visit to John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge at Tinicum and a wealth of other attractions, well-known and undiscovered, using our Philadelphia holiday planner.
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  • Very clean nature refuge just outside of Philadelphia. They had no electric while we were there, but it didn't matter. Clean restrooms. Nice flat walking areas (some shady) and viewing areas with many...  more »
  • Refuge of nature in a very urban area of the world. Protected sheltering many species of animals. Especially rich is the life of the birds, which have been found to have more than 300 species. Opened from East to West and free.
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  • Visited the Tinicum NWR on a sunny Saturday morning after we had had lots of rain the previous day. Happily, the trails are mostly gravel and pavement, so it was possible to avoid mud puddles most of ...  more »
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  • The property is lovely! The beautiful little black and blue birds flying close to the water dipping and flitting under the bridge/ walkway is fun to watch, the beautiful water plants and the birds that fly about you and sit on the tall grasses are lovely. Lots of beautiful trees with great informational plaques in front of them. The only reason I gave it 4 stars was the 70+ TICKS MY 14lb Yorkie Poo DOG ACQUIRED DURING OUR 2 1/2 HOUR WALK THROUGH A SMALL PORTION OF THE REFUGE!!!! I WILL NEVER BRING HER AGAIN AND DON'T SUGGEST YOU DO EITHER!!
  • This place is absolutely beautiful. The facilities are great (although the visitor's center was being renovated while I was there), the marsh is beautiful with a bunch of wildlife (see picture of turtles), and they offer a bunch of fun, free events all the time. The only reason I didn't rate it 5 stars is because of how polluted it was. Every body of water had large clumps of water bottles and trash at various places, and the creek had a bit of an unsettling murky color. All in all, I still recommend visiting for a nice walk.
  • Great family trails for walking or biking. I came in from Rte. 420 entrance and did nice 9 mile + loop. Saw lots of birds, several large turtles on trail. Great place at all times of year.
  • The park is nice enough, but warning if you're taking your dog- it seems ridden with ticks. I took my 10lb dog out for about an hour and a half today, staying entirely on the trail path and I pulled 3 ticks off her this afternoon. My friend's dog stuck her nose into the bushes on the side of the trail a little, and had 8 ticks on her. We usually go to Wissahickon State Park and have never had a single tick before. That aside, the park is very quiet and beautiful. But I won't be going back.
  • Gorgeous nature preserve with lots of birds for birdwatching. There is a visitor center with clean facilities. A 3 mile-ish path around the lake is great for walking/jogging. There are handicap-accessible facilities in strategic locations on the path. This is a great place for a day of outdoor fun.

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