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Soon, the Philadelphia metro area’s wintry weather will be a distant memory. Everyone will want to throw on spring jackets and head outdoors. Why not check out some of these often-overlooked parks around the Philadelphia area, all offering something special?
The Park at Newlin Grist Mill
Concord Township, PA
From the road, The Park at Newlin Grist Mill is indistinguishable from the rolling countryside. But pull into the gravel parking lot, and you’ll discover a pastoral refuge of waterfalls, creeks, and historical buildings, such as an 18th-century water-powered grist mill. In addition to being a historical preservation area and wildlife refuge, the park offers trout fishing, trails, and educational programs.
Norristown Farm Park
West Germantown Pike and Barley Sheaf Drive, Norristown, PA
On a country landscape dotted with farm buildings ranging from the mid-18th to early 20th century,Norristown Farm Park offers paved and rustic trails for hiking, jogging, biking, and dog walking. There is also fishing available, as well as picnic pavilions. A museum features historical programsabout rural life, while other programs range from nature walks to craft workshops and historical lectures. You’ll be pleasantly surprised at how such a quiet, natural world can exist alongside the suburban sprawl.
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