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Wissahickon Valley Park, Philadelphia

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  • This place is the best. i have spent the past 4 years running these trails. I love them. I love this park. it is so beautiful, and its so close to the city. i go here to get the feeling that im not in...  more »
  • What a great place to spend an hour or two hiking around. Peace and quiet found in the 5th largest city in the US and you would forget that here.  more »
  • Wandering the Valley Green park around the wide apart of the Wissahickon by the Valley Green Inn is always pleasant. There are bench to sit and watch the water fowl or to run and bike.  more »
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  • Wissahickon is so quiet and peaceful. I love the trails that diverge from Forbidden Drive (the main path) and the different experiences you can get depending on which area of the park you start from. I come every weekend for exercise. OH I also like how (depending on where you start), they have marker stones that show you how far you've walked. For example, a stone might say "2 mi NW Ave" meaning that if you started from Northwestern Avenue entrance, then you walked two miles.
  • Wissahickon Valley Park is a not so hidden, hidden treasure located within the boundaries of Philadelphia. For hikers, trail runners, and mountain bikers, there are over 50 miles of trails with varying terrain from easy to difficult (for Southeast PA). If you're looking for a casual stroll, head down Forbidden Drive alongside the Wissahickon Creek and check out the waterfalls. If you're looking for a challenge, head to the hills surrounding the creek and check out the Wissahickon Gorge. For the most part, the trails are in excellent condition, just be aware there are a lot of rocks and roots to stumble over. Throughout the park, you'll also find ruins and/or remnants of what used to be at one time which has always sparked my interest. If you're hungry or thirsty, make a stop at the Valley Green Inn to replenish yourself. In all, it's a fantastic place to take a day trip if you're in the area. There are a few items to note if you go there and a reason I didn't give this park a five star rating. First, from time to time and depending on what part of the park you're in, you'll catch the smell of sewage water which isn't horribly bad, but it certainly isn't pleasant either. Second, while no fault of the park itself, there can be quite a bit of trash, especially at places like Devil's Pool. Along with the trash are the dog owners who will clean up after their pet(s), then leave the bag of poo next to the trail instead of finding a waste basket and throwing it away. Despite the trash and dog poo, if you enjoy the outdoors, I'd highly recommended you check this park out.
  • Enh I'd rate it like a 3.5, parking is always pretty bad, there's a lot of broken bottles, drunks, and potheads there which makes it a little less kid friendly but the scene is beautiful. But watch out for snakes I've seen quite a few there, there's nothing that can really be done about that. Most likely would recommend going there but be careful on the typical partying and drinking holidays with the alcohol and drugs
  • Beautiful, walk the path with love ones or pets, ride your mountain bike on designated paths, feed the ducks,fish from the banks, eat at Valley Green Restaurant, order hot dogs or snacks at the window ( seasonal​).
  • The hiking trails are fun. Generally not over crowded, and you see friendly people walking their dogs or getting in a bit of exercise. There are roads that are opposite of the hiking areas in case the uneven terrain doesn't suit you. Biking are trails available as well.