Watershed Parks

Philadelphia is home to seven watershed parks covering more than 4,500 acres.

Carpenter’s Woods

Wayne Ave and Sedgwick Street, Philadelphia, PA 19119

Carpenter’s Woods, part of Philadelphia’s Fairmount Park system, is located in the northwestern part of the city. Preserved from development in 1916 specifically because of its importance to a wide variety of resident and migratory bird species, Carpenter’s Woods is part of a global network of places recognized by the National Audubon Society and BirdLife International for its value to bird conservation.

Cobbs Creek West

700 Cobbs Creek Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19143

Cobbs Creek Park comprises over 700 acres of forest, creek, recreational facilities and trails. The park’s amenities include: Cobbs Creek Community Environmental Education Center, Cobbs Creek Recreation Center, the Laura Sims Skatehouse, the Philadelphia Water Department’s Marshall Road Stream Restoration Project as well as the Karakung Golf Course and bocce ball courts.

FDR Park

2001 Pattison Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19145

FDR Park is a 348 acre respite in South Philadelphia including 77 acres of natural lands, a golf course, 20 tennis courts, 8 playing fields, a playground and many other amenities

Grays Ferry Crescent Trail Park

DuPont Cres Trail, Philadelphia, PA 19146, USA

The Grays Ferry Crescent Trail wraps around the east side of the Schuylkill River from 34th Street to Wharton Street. It is a popular destination among near neighbors, who use the space primarily as a riverfront park – for evening and weekend walks, dog walking, children’s play space, picnicking, and especially fishing.

Lardner’s Point Park

Levick St, Philadelphia, PA 19135, USA

Lardner’s Point is a major trailhead for the North Delaware Riverfront Greenway Trail. It provides space to walk, bicycle, and relax along a very scenic stretch of the Delaware just below the iconic Tacony-Palmyra Bridge. Visitors fish from the pier, picnic at handicap-accessible tables, observe wildlife, and traverse a multi-use path through native meadows. Interpretive signage highlights the history of the site and the park’s restored freshwater tidal wetlands, meadows and riparian forest. The park’s varied habitats attract many birds, amphibians, insects, and fish. Visitors have spotted bald eagles, striped bass, Eastern red-bellied turtles, owls, and more.

Poquessing Park

10501 Knights Road, Philadelphia, PA 19115

Poquessing Park was established as a contiguous greenway to preserve the stream valleys and natural features of the Far Northeast. This interconnected system of park land provides over a hundred acres for passive recreation, while also functioning as a natural drainage area that carries stormwater runoff and aids in the recharging of groundwater.

Tacony Boat Launch

Tacony Boat Launch, Milnor Street, Philadelphia, PA, United States

The Tacony Boat Launch is a small site for launching a boat or spending a quiet afternoon with your rod and reel.

Tacony Creek Park

1001-1255 E Cayuga St, Philadelphia, PA 19124

Tacony Creek Park provides outdoor recreation and nature trails in Northeast Philadelphia. The trail follows Tacony Creek Park and meanders through forest and meadow areas.

Tookany Creek Park

700 Tookany Creek Pkwy Cheltenham, PA 19012

This park features a natural setting and is a favorite with hikers.

Wissahickon Valley Park

Wissahickon Valley Park, Philadelphia, PA

A lovely, wooded valley with the Wissahickon Creek running through its entire seven-mile length, the Park extends from Chestnut Hill in the north to Manayunk in the southwest.