If you search around for great hikes near Philadelphia, you’ll see a ton of gorgeous waterfall hikes way up at the Delaware Water Gap or in the Poconos. Those hikes are all amazing, and worth doing — if you’re up for waking up before the sun and hiking all day, before returning to Philadelphia well after dark. Sometimes, you don’t have the entire day, but you still want to get out and enjoy the fresh air and some scenery. For a truly underrated hike that will lead you to some fantastic views, head across the river to Pennington, New Jersey, for a short scramble to the top of Baldpate Mountain.

Feel free to take a look at the park map and make your own hike — I’ve spent anywhere from just 45 minutes to well over 4 hours hiking these trails, and each time I visit, it’s a new adventure! Be warned that the limited use Pleasant Valley trail is not all that pleasant if it’s rained recently, and the Creek Spur is steep, narrow, and involves a few creek crossings — so it may not be the best for young children. Otherwise, each trail here is worth checking out!

For more great hikes near Philadelphia, see our list of 9 Amazing State Parks Around Philadelphia That Will Blow You Away, and make it a goal to get to each of them this spring.

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