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“Walk the trail”

Wissahickon Valley Park
Ranked #39 of 450 things to do in Philadelphia
Certificate of Excellence
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Level 4 Contributor
42 reviews
9 attraction reviews
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“Walk the trail”
Reviewed 29 April 2014

An escape from big city life to walk the 5.3 mile trail along the beautiful Wissahickon creek in Philadelphia. Some bicyclists, some horseback riders, occasional horse buggies, some runners, but mostly leisurely walkers. Stop at the Valley Green Inn, sit on the porch, eat and have a drink, and watch the trail's varieties. When I was a kid, we called it "walking the Wissahickon", but for the past 30-40 years it's been know as the Forbidden Trail, I suppose because cars are forbidden.

Visited April 2014
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Ringoes, New Jersey
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“Great place for the family”
Reviewed 20 January 2014

The Forbidden Drive has much to offer. The entire length within the Philly city limits is about 6 miles. The Valley Green Inn is a great place to stop for a meal. There is also a covered bridge crossing the stream. At the eastern end there is also a parking lot with a short walk to the Rittenhouse home. Be sure to check when they are open. During rainy times this trail can be a bit messy but in the past year they have taken care of many of the wet areas. Because it is so wide it is a great area for walkers, runners and bikers. For those who want something a little more rugged there are many trails that climb up either side of the valley. At the eastern end there is a paved walk way that will bring you to the Schyulkill River Trail for a walk into Center City or to Conshohocken.

Visited September 2013
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Scottsdale, Arizona
Level 3 Contributor
14 reviews
8 attraction reviews
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“You cannot tell you're in the middle of Philly!!”
Reviewed 5 October 2013

Awesome for kids, trails, paths, steep climbs if you're adventurous and go off trail. Covered bridge, water that the kids can dip their toes into. It's great for power walking, running, and also great for schlepping and exploring...

Visited September 2013
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175 reviews
54 attraction reviews
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“A Nice Place to Unwind”
Reviewed 28 July 2013

Weather was hot and my husband and I decided to talk a walk in the shade of Wissahickon Valley Park. Their were joggers, walkers, bikers, hikers and" snugglers". The scenery was delightful, with the river and small waterfalls. The trees provided shade from the heat. There is a restaurant with outdoor bathroom facilities. Safe place to be during day light. hours.

Visited May 2013
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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“Peace & Quiet in the City”
Reviewed 11 July 2013

Wissahickon Valley Park, the Forbidden Trail section in particular, has to be the most peaceful place I've ever been to in Philadelphia. The Forbidden Trail is a pretty easy walk, not having any large upgraded parts. It winds along Wissahickon Creek, which gives you nice views as you walk along the trail. It has the only covered bridge in the city, which spans the creek. There is also a dam along that stretch of the park. There were people walking, jogging, running, fishing, taking photos (which is what I was doing while I was walking about 5 miles round-trip). I saw quite a few small birds, a huge snapping turtle, and lots of ducks and geese. I took a trail on the opposite side of the creek on my way back to my car. That trail is well above the creek and is carved through the woods, making it more of a challenge than Forbidden Drive, but well worth the effort. I'll definitely be heading back to the park for more hiking and photos.

Visited June 2013
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