To bird watch along the Pennypack Creek is to follow in the steps of the brilliant artist John James Audubon and Alexander Wilson, the father of American ornithology, who reportedly lived near Shady Lane for short periods of time. In 1958, the area bordered by Pine Road, Verree Road, Bloomfield Avenue and the Pennypack Creek were set aside by the Fairmount Park Commission as a bird sanctuary. Trained environmental educators offer various birding opportunities during the seasons, so please contact the Pennypack Environmental Center for current programs.
Fairmount Park Commission set aside approximately 20 acres of ground in 1961, to be used as an equestrian center. This area is located off Krewstown Road, just north of “Ninety Foot" Bridge, adjacent to the municipal barn. The Huntington Valley Riders and Drivers Club currently use this area for their events.
Pennypack Park currently supports a diverse range of outdoor sports. The macadam bike trail enables old pros and little ones alike to travel from Pine Road in the north to the mouth of the Pennypack Creek where it empties into the Delaware River. Rollerbladers, baby carriages, joggers and leisurely walkers all share the trail. For the more adventurous, there are other trails utilized by equestrians and mountain bikers. The Pennypack also has many beautiful scenic areas for picnics as well as isolated areas ideal for the bird watching enthusiasts.