Visit Us

Refuge Hours 

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. 

Visitor Center 

The Visitor Center is open Wednesday to Saturday, from 9 am to 4 pm. 

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.

Free Public Program 

From free guided nature walks to nature festivals, refuge staff and volunteers offer more than a hundred free public programs all year round, both on the refuge and in Southwest Philadelphia! You can find a full schedule at the information kiosk and on Facebook @JohnHeinzNWR. 

Activities

There is always something going on both on the refuge and at local Southwest Philadelphia community spaces! Check out the event calendar for upcoming guided nature walks, clean-up opportunities, nature festivals, and more! The event calendar can be found in the kiosk by the Visitor Center or on Facebook @JohnHeinzNWR. 

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. 

Rules and Policies

 

 

Locations

John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge at Tinicum
8601 Lindbergh Boulevard Philadelphia, PA 19153-2501

There are two entrances to John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge at Tinicum. The eastern entrance to the refuge is located at 86th Street and Lindbergh Boulevard in Southwest Philadelphia, and provides access to the Visitor Center, walking trails, fishing access points, and wildlife observation structures. The western entrance is on Route 420, just north of I-95, and provides access to walking trails and fishing access. 

Driving Directions
Public Transportation to the Visitor Center  

SEPTA Bus: Take Route 37 and 108 buses to 84th St. and Lindbergh Blvd. The Visitor Center is approximately 0.5 miles from the bus stop.  

SEPTA Regional Rail:  Take the Airport Line to Eastwick Station. The Visitor Center is approximately 1 mile from the train station.  

 

Driving to the Visitor Center 

From the South on I-95 

Traveling on I-95 North, take Exit 10 (on to Rt. 291)  

At the first light, turn left onto Bartram Ave. 

At the fifth light, turn left onto 84th St. 

At the second light, turn left onto Lindbergh Blvd. 

Follow Lindbergh Blvd. and at the stop sign, make a right turn into the refuge 

  

From the North on I-95 

Traveling on I-95 South, take Exit 14 (Bartram Ave.) 

At the fifth light turn, right onto 84th St. 

At the second light make a left onto Lindbergh Blvd. 

Follow Lindbergh Blvd. and at the stop sign, make a right turn into the refuge 

From City Line, 30th Street, University City Area of Philadelphia 

Traveling on I-76 East, stay in left lane, following signs for Rt. 291 West 

At the light, turn right onto Rt. 291 West and go over the Platt Bridge 

Stay in the left lane as you come off the bridge (do not go on to I-95 South) 

Bear right onto Island Ave. 

At the first traffic light, turn left onto Bartram Ave. 

At the first traffic light, turn right onto 84th St. 

At the second traffic light, turn left onto Lindbergh Blvd. 

Follow Lindbergh Blvd. and at the stop sign, make a right turn into the refuge 

Hours
Visitor Center is open Wednesday to Saturday, 9 am to 4 pm.
Refuge Trails are open everyday from sunrise to sundown.
Refuge Gates (Please Check Entrance Gate Signs)
November to March
6 am - 6 pm
March to May
6 am - 8 pm
May to September
6 am - 9 pm
September to October
6 am - 8 pm
October to November
6 am - 7 pm