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Level: Beginner
Length: 10 mi (16.1 km)
Surface: Fire Road
Configuration: Loop
Elevation: +27/22 ft
Total: 34 riders
 

Mountain Biking John Heinz Wildlife Preserve

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#239 of 297 mountain bike trails in Pennsylvania
#11,557 in the world

Main trail is gravel road loop approximately 8 mi's. with branches up to 20 mi's. Wide open but is multi-use trail Wildlife sanctuary laws apply. Be very mindful and do not leave or take traces. Some narrow paths but be cautious of hikers/birdwatchers.
Fishing, Bird watching, exhibit. picnic tables, restrooms and many scenic views.
Newly refurbished and a wonderful day out for the whole family.

First added by searsandrewj on Jan 1, 2003. Last updated May 2, 2020. → add an update
Before you go
  • Drinking water: unknown
  • Lift service: unknown
  • Night riding: unknown
  • Pump track: unknown
  • Restrooms: unknown
  • Fat bike grooming: unknown
  • E-bikes allowed: unknown
  • Fee required: unknown
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Getting there
From I -95 to Island Avenue travel away from airport (northwesterly) to Lindbergh Blvd. (go left) take to end. Cross 84th St/Hook Rd. John Heinz wildlife refuge on right.
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  • jayner phelps
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    the best part about this park is that it's 5 minutes away from where i live. I can ride my bike without worrying about traffic. all pretty much flat dirt roads. good for a person new to trail riding to see if they like riding in the wilderness.

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  • Wordsthoughts
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    Beautiful place with nice scenery. It's not a mountain biking trail and requires no skill but it's good for kids and just for riding. Flat and easy.

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  • Balsamos
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    nice ride. in no way mtb but gorgeous scenery and after 9miles a good wind. birds a plenty and wide open in 96% of roads.

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  • mobikes
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    Very flat wide roads make up most of the biking areas. I found some no biking signs at most of the single track trail offshoots. The signs are brown, about 6 inches big, and sometimes covered by overgrowth. I got more enjoyment out of watching wildlife.

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  • PhillyDave
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    As other reviewers mentioned this is an easy ride. Gravel and dirt paths with little incline. Little in the way of obstacles. Nice scenery though.

    Nice after work trail for Delaware county residents.

    From Philadelphia you can park on 84th street. From Delaware county I suggest parking on Rt. 420 at the Tinicum/Prospect Park border.* Review edited 8/27/2012* Review edited 8/27/2012* Review edited 8/27/2012

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  • Sawyers00
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    This more of a double track. Pretty flat and mostly gravel road. Great for the beginner and a lot to see. Have to watch out for the bird watchers on the preserve.

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  • LVolz
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    I was going to rate this trail a 1, but it grew on me as I went. In addition to the fire roads that make up the main trails, I found about 3 miles of fairly easy single track, but much of it was heavily overgrown. I got quite a few nettle stings and briar scratches for my effort. It's the wildlife encounters that elevate this track above 'lame' status. If you're observant, there's quite a bit to see here. The overall experience was worth more than the actual bike ride.

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