Benjamin Rush State Park

Benjamin Rush State Park is located in the North East section of Philadelphia and is the only state park within the city boundary. The park provides the visitor with an area to enjoy the natural beauty of open spaces along with some Pennsylvania woodlands, places for study, recreation and the solace of gardening. The park offers much needed open space in this busy area. It is popular with hikers, bicyclers, birders and wildlife enthusiasts and is primarily used for passive day use activities. The park features one of the largest community gardens, a large area devoted to flying radio controlled model airplanes, multi-use trails that meander through open meadows and shady wooded areas.

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Seasons and Hours: The park is open every day of the year, sunrise to sunset. Day use areas close at dusk. Contact the Fort Washington State Park office for facility seasons and hours.

Trash Disposal and Recycling: Benjamin Rush State Park participates in a carry-in/carryout trash disposal program. There are no trash collection or recycling facilities. Visitors are asked to limit the amount of disposable items brought to the park and to take all trash, garbage and recyclables home.

No Hunting: Hunting is prohibited at Benjamin Rush State Park.

Law enforcement officers and individuals with a valid Pennsylvania License to Carry Firearms are authorized to carry a firearm concealed on their person while they are within a state park.

Hiking: 3.5 miles of trails
The gravel, multi-use trails wander through forest and open fields and connect to the Fairmont Park system and local neighborhoods.

Dog Walking: Pets are permitted in Benjamin Rush State Park. All pets must be controlled and attended at all times and on a leash or otherwise safely restrained. Be considerate when walking your dog and carry a container to clean up after your pet. Also, please try to stay away from the community gardens and radio controlled airplane field.

Bicycling: 3.5 miles of trails
The gravel, multi-use trails wander through forest and open fields and connect to the Fairmont Park system and local neighborhoods.

Community Gardens: The park hosts one of the largest community gardens in the area. Gardeners may rent a plot in the community garden to grow their own flowers and vegetables. For more information about how to be involved, contact the Benjamin Rush Garden Association. 215-969-0507.

Radio Control Airplane Field: The park provides a radio-controlled model airplane field including a 400-foot runway and surrounding fly zone. For more information about the Northeast Philadelphia Radio Control Club visit their web site at

Winter Activities

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Cross-country Skiing: Skiers can enjoy the 3.5 miles of mostly level trails.

Access for People with Disabilities

The ADA symbol indicates that this activity or structure is ADA accessible.If you need an accommodation to participate in park activities due to a disability, please contact the park you plan to visit.