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Wissahickon Valley Park, Philadelphia

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  • This is a great place to go for a run, walk, hike, fish, bike, and go horseback riding. It is very peaceful and relaxing. Be careful of ticks if you go in wooded areas and horse manure on the path. Th...  more »
  • Without a doubt!!! These are the best walking trails in Philadelphia!! All year round these are gret for walks and hiking. The area is generally a lot cooler than the recorded temperatures because of ...  more »
  • Besides the very wide walking/jogging/biking/horseback riding trail along the Wissahickon, there are many hiking and bridal trail up the banks and hills on either side of the Wissahickon Creek. The se...  more »
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  • We take our dog for walks here all the time. What's cool about it is Trooper is off the leach along with all the other dogs that walk there. The dog feels freedom when he's off the leach. It's a very clean park except for near the stream that runs through. I believe homeless people camp out down there. Evidence of that are tarps and blankets strewn about.
  • 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.
  • Everyone in Philly should experience the Wissahickon at some point. One of the best places to escape the daily grind without leaving the city limits.
  • 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

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