Hiking harrisburg, Pa: Wildwood lake loop

March 9, 2020|Hike Review, Hiking PA, Outdoor Activities

There are several bird watching areas on the boardwalk
There are several bird watching areas on the boardwalk
First turtles of the season soaking in the sun
First turtles of the season soaking in the sun
What a cutie!
What a cutie!

I will be spending the next several weeks in the Harrisburg, PA area and decided that hiking is how I should spend my time! I will be doing review on each of the hikes that I attempt. The first one is the Wildwood Lake Loop, just 10 minutes from downtown Harrisburg. 

-4 mile loop hike

-Pet and kid friendly

-Easy

I found this hike in the 60 Hikes within 60 Miles Harrisburg book by Matt Willen (book review coming soon!). This is hike number 20 found on page 104. Wildwood Lake is an interesting place. It is tucked in-between a major highway on one side and industrial on the other. If you listen carefully, you can hear the birds, but the sound of the traffic easily drowns them out. There really was no part of the hike that I did not hear the sound of large trucks. 

It is supposed to be a great place to see birds and I’m sure it is. I saw the only two bird that I can identify (a woodpecker and cardinal). There were other birds, but I have no idea what they were. I did see a snake and the first turtles of the season sunning themselves on logs. 

The trail itself was a little unclear. I could have followed the description in the book, but I left it in the car thinking I would not need it. I cannot tell you the exact route I took, except it included boardwalks, paved walkways, super muddy trails, and a gravel path. I did take a picture of the map before I left, but it was not so useful. 

My overall impression of this trail is that I would not go out of my way to come here. If I were in the Harrisburg area and wanted something close, this would work. Overall about 2.5 stars. 

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