Plan Your Visit

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Refuge Hours 

*As part of COVID-19 response, the Visitor Center are currently inaccessible.*

Refuge trails are open every day of the year from sunrise to sunset, free of charge. The Visitor Center is closed for all Federal holidays, but trails remain open. The refuge follows the City of Philadelphia closing schedule during severe weather events. 

Directions and contact information


Visitor Center & Free Public Programs 

*As part of COVID-19 response, the Visitor Center are currently inaccessible.*

Stop by the front desk of the Visitor Center and find helpful information, including maps, brochures, birding checklists and restrooms. Binoculars and fishing rods are available for loan, free of charge. Food is not available for purchase. Explore the Center’s exhibits to learn more about the wildlife and habitats of the refuge and the communities that support the refuge’s work. In addition, please check the public event calendar for free guided nature walks and special events all year round, both on the refuge and in Southwest Philadelphia community centers! 

Learn more about visitor activities

Calendar of Events


Refuge Trails 

With more than 10 miles of trails, the refuge provides many opportunities for visitors to connect with nature. The popular 3.5 mile Wetland Loop offers opportunities for wildlife observation, walking, and biking in a variety of habitats. The Big Boardwalk Loop is less than 1 mile and is wheelchair accessible.  

Refuge brochure and map


Paddling Darby Creek 

*The boat launch is currently inaccessible*

Paddling is one of the best ways to experience the refuge. Non-motorized boaters are invited to paddle through the 4.5 mile segment of Darby Creek and discover the largest remaining freshwater tidal marsh in Pennsylvania. The Boat Launch facilities near the Visitor Center Parking lot are removed seasonally. Please call the Refuge to ensure their availability. Visitors must provide their own canoe/kayak and life vests. Please be advised that Darby Creek waters are tidal and navigable only within 2 hours before and after high tide. Please refer to tidal charts and local conditions before launching.  

Learn more about kayaking and canoeing  

Current tide charts in Tinicum Marsh