WIssahickon Woods

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Valley Green Road and Wissahickon Creek
Philadelphia, PA 19128
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Bring a picnic lunch and relax at a bench on Forbidden Drive or at one of the many rocky outcrops alongside the Wissahickon Creek.


The Wissahickon is one of the most beautiful parts of Fairmount Park. The woods extend along the Wissahickon Creek, which feeds into the Schuylkill River. Hiking trails abound, as do scenic views of the Creek and of Pennsylvania's native flora and fauna. For an easier walk, stick to Forbidden Drive, a wide gravel road that runs alongside the Creek and is open only to bikers, horseback riders, and pedestrians. If you're interested in hiking, search for maps of the trails online. Trails along the eastern side of the Creek include glorious sites like the Fingerspan Bridge (designed by Jody Pinto) and Devil's Hole, a popular swimming spot.
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