Wissahickon Valley Park, Philadelphia

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Park · Hidden Gem · Nature / Park
One of the region's major areas for leisure and outdoor recreation, Wissahickon Valley Park offers numerous hiking trails, as well as a number of historical inns, mansions, mills, and bridges. Animal lovers will be delighted by the opportunity to spot deer, foxes, raccoons, groundhogs, butterflies, and other animal species native to Southeastern Pennsylvania. Make Wissahickon Valley Park a centerpiece of your Philadelphia vacation itinerary, and find what else is worth visiting using our Philadelphia tour itinerary maker tool.
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  • It’s a beautiful area marred by careless visitors. Lots of trash and graffiti on the trails. It seems folks visit to swim, despite rules prohibiting it. On one of the paths, a number of diapers were.....  more »
  • Just a drive through is satisfying and a reminder of what Philly was before it became an equally terrific urban landscape.  more »
  • This is a true hidden gem; park is heavily wooded with miles of trails. One of the trails lead to a Hermits cave high up in the hills. Very calm and peaceful atmosphere in the middle of the city.  more »
  • One of the best city parks I have had the opportunity to thoroughly explore. You can hike here all days if you go up on the trails up in the hills and away from the main traffic of the creek. So much wildlife to spot, just a short trip from Philly. Every time i need a refresher i take the drive up here and clear my mind. A true life saver!
  • What unique message can I share that has not already been stated? The majestic Wissahickon Trail is a nature lover's paradise! I have walked all sections of the main trail and many side trails - it is truly beautiful in all seasons. I walked 5 different dogs here over the years; they all had a blast, and the bigger dogs enjoyed the creek using their retractable leashes. Please remember to treat your dogs with a tic preventative, and check yourself after walks, as tics and tic borne illnesses are prevalent in SEPA.
  • Great outdoorsy area away from the city. Several trails to find. The gravel main path is stroller friendly. Park itself is also dog friendly. The trail markers are a bit hard to find when off the main road but still able to navigate. The valley green inn, you can drive to, and has a small snack shop on the side. Restrooms are maintained well.
  • An excellent, well maintained system of wooded trails along the river. Great for hiking and mountain biking, dog friendly too! Its less than 30 min from down town Philly making it an excellent morning or afternoon excursion.
  • This is the best place to get into absolutely gorgeous nature without leaving Philly. Great cinder trails for running, and well managed even though it gets some pretty heavy use. Decent parking at the trail heads.

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