Wissahickon Valley Park, Philadelphia
Categories: Nature & Parks
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Wissahickon Valley Park is an ever green park. Fresh air attracts runners, walkers, pet-walkers, bicyclists, parents with children. If you want some freshness and calmness at any time - it's here.
I have walked on this trail for years at length,usually with a very good friend. We enjoy it a lot.Its a treasure that more people should use.
It is hard to believe that you are in a major metropolitan city when you descend into the Wissahickon Valley. Don't tell anyone else, we do not want to to get too crowded.
Straight away, parking is weird. The lot is almost always full with some people even parallel parking behind parked cars and in the street. If you can maneuver past that, you're all set. It's gorgeous here! The trails are clean and wide and a really great place to go for a peaceful walk. You can climb (carefully) along a waterfall, enjoy awesome perspectives above, on or below bridges and despite the parking lot being crowded, you almost never run into any other people. It's great year round.
My favorite running trails in the world are within this park. Spacious, quiet, tree filled, babbling brooks, rock gardens, wide flat trails and undulating single-tracks. The Wissahickon Valley is a great park for all types from walkers, bikers, horse back riding, fishermen, dogs, and picnickers. Parking can be a challenge, so get there early! Lots of options to explore from Northwestern Avenue, Bells Mills, Valley Green, Kitchen lane and many more. Access from Roxborough or Chestnut Hill.
History, Nature and Beauty - there are many reasons why people have come to the Wissahickon for centuries. Even before the European settlements this was a special place for the Lenape. Along the 50 miles of trails you'll find lots of pretty vistas and some wonderful historical context, like the Covered Bridge and the Livezey House. From a religious site, to a Revolutionary War, to the site of the first paper mill in America there is plenty to see here. It's a wonder any time of year, and nothing clears the head like a stroll down Forbidden drive...
I loved this place, The official name is Devils Pool I read that the name came from the indians & they say it was a passage between heaven & hell & good & evil!! But dont let that scare you!! This place was so much fun I loved the water it was clear & you could see the bottom . The kids & I had a great time jumping off cliffs & little mountains. There are ropes to swing into the water & there is a tree that people walk on & jump from into the water. Its about a hlf mile of walking downhill before you reach the beginning of the park & theres 3 differ areas to swim .Some areas are really shallow & some deep . There is something for everyone. If you cant swim then you can hang in the 1st part of the crick and lay on the rocks & get a tan . Its one of the best kept secrets. Its free to get in but it's also illegal though I was there with tons of other people & the park rangers did nothing. They just stop by I guess to make sure everyone is safe. If you are foolish then this could be a very dangerous place. There is a 50 ft bridge people have jumped from & some lived though some people have died there. Anyway be smart & be safe. If you wanna see what its all about look up Devils Pool on utube .
My favorite part about this park is that it's only 30 minutes away from where I live: Center City! I used to think the Jersey Shore would be a great day trip when I bought a car, but this beats it out simply for the ease of being here and because it's basically free minus gas money. The park is active and well very clean. Today I did the orange trail through the valley green east entrance. There's plenty of parking FYI. As for what you'll find, expect mountain bikers, many hikers, walking along the stream, a waterfall, fishing, and semi-strenuous hiking. From 1-10 with 10 being extremely difficult, I'd give the portion I did a 3.5. Overall, this place is beautiful, lively, and a welcome detour away from Center City! Oh, and the roads are winding, making for super fun driving!
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