Urban Hiking

Sometimes people refer to “urban hiking” as walking around town, which is technically true I suppose, but more often than not the term is used to describe green space that is located in or around urban areas.   Such is the case, with my “new backyard”, Lancaster County Central Park.  With over 500 acres and a variety of trails it makes for an ideal get away for those us living in the city.   For me, the entrance is located right across the street from my townhouse complex.

City View and May Misc 008

I frequently encounter trail runners, joggers, walkers, hikers, bikers, dog walkers and birders on my morning hikes, so solitude (especially) on the week-end is harder to find.   Apparently, there are even a few graffiti painters, although the sample below is the only one I have seen so far and looks to be older.

Mill Creek and Covered Bridge 040

There is a large area near the highest elevation of the park that is designated for bird nesting.    The meadow is dotted with bird houses and wildflowers and is popular with birders.   A wide mowed grass trail circles the meadow.  Over the last two days I have spotted Eastern Blue Birds, Red Winged Blackbirds, a Baltimore Oriole (the bird not the baseball players), and a beautiful Indigo Bunting.

BELOW:   Across the meadow and in the distance the Lancaster city skyline is visible:

City View and May Misc 010

BELOW:  The wildflowers are nearly finished for the season, however,  the pretty but invasive phlox species is still blooming.

Mill Creek and Covered Bridge 037


About Carol Page-Potter

I am a woman in the midst of reconnecting with life after the death of my husband.

Posted on May 27, 2013, in Hikes, Pennsylvania and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 6 Comments.

  1. Christopher McDaniel

    Graffiti translation: “Better pack heat if you come ‘roun’ he-ah!” Lol.

  2. It isn’t Mount Desert Island, but that looks pretty nice, especially given the proximity to your home.

  3. Beautiful sky! Today was the first day we could walk around in the sun, and went to Sieur de Mont, looking at the new addition to the Abbe Museum and the bog walk.

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