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Fairmount Park. There are 25 mi of fine solo walks or hikes in Fairmount Park and 54 mi in the unspoiled Wissahickon, a northern section of the park. Despite the bucolic quality of these areas, it's important to remember that you're in an urban setting and should take appropriate precautions. If you're alone, keep to the main paths along Kelly Drive and West River Drive, or consider joining a hiking group. 215/683-3600. www.phila.gov/recreation/.
Batona Hiking Club. You can meet hikers at the Batona Hiking Club on Sunday morning in the Philadelphia area and carpool to hiking areas within a two-hour drive of the city, including the Appalachian Trail, the Delaware Water Gap, and the New Jersey Pine Barrens. Batona is short for back to nature, and hikes range from 7 to 15 mi. Visit the club's Web site for schedules, e-mail addresses, meeting places, and other announcements. 215/233-0916. www.batonahikingclub.org.
Wanderlust Hiking Club. The Department of Recreation sponsors the Wanderlust Hiking Club. Relatively easy hikes of 4 to 5 mi, many through Fairmount Park and Pennypack Park, begin every Saturday afternoon at 1:15. Check the club's Web site for schedules. www.phila.gov/recreation/parks/Wanderlust.html.
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