Rich in modern recreational facilities and historical significance, Fort Washington blossoms with flowering dogwood in the spring. The park takes its name from the temporary fort built by George Washingtons troops in the fall of 1777, before heading to Valley Forge. The park is popular with hikers and picnickers. Birders enjoy the seasonal migration of raptors from the Observation Deck.
My buddy John and I hiked a 9 mile section of this trail. It was a very hot and humid day, and although the trail is basically flat, we were beat by the time we finished. We parked a car at the golf club lot in Flourtown and staged John's car at the Gwynedd Valley Post office. The hike winds along the Wissahickon Creek and crosses several bridges, including nicely constructed stepping stone bridges. The trail also crosses several roads, making it easier to do a shorter hike if you want to. A local gem. Give it a try.
Dan M. on Fort Washington Trail
Biked from Fort Washington State Park to Rita's for Italian water ice with seven and eight year old. Veered off trail at Mill Rd to Bethlehem Pike for a couple blocks to get there. Six mile / 41 minute ride / About an hour in total with stops included.
There is a steep cut-through on the return where kids will have walk their bikes for about seven minutes. Also, there are a few patches of slightly loose gravel which kids need to be careful navigating.
Overall a quick, confidence-building ride for young children with a tasty treat between.
I love this trail for it's hidden convenience and for the ability to jump on it at several different locations. Mainly in the easy category with a few moderate up and downs along the way. Did the 10 miler that Tony Juliano described below a few weeks back. It originates at Parkside Place Park in Upper Gwynedd Township (go all the way back to parking lot next to or behind pool) and ends near the bridge on Skippack Pike (Route 73) at Ft Wash State Park. I tend to move along while hiking so it only took me 2-1/2 hrs (with no stops) to complete. Have at it.
David R. on Green Ribbon Preservation Trail
Nice, easy creek side trail. Minimal hills. Mostly paved trails, with a few short dirt trails in between. A few scenic spots.
I started an out-and-back route from the Fort Washington State Park parking lot by the Hawk Observation Deck. Then, I took the shortest route to the Green Ribbon Preservation Trail and headed southwards.
A few hundred feet down the trail, there's a train underpass where you walk along side a steadily flowing Wisshickon Creek, which provides some nice scenery.
About a mile southwards, the trail splits. If you head left, you'll come to a long, well constructed pedestrian bridge that spans the Wissahickon Creek. It's worthwhile to walk across.
Then, I retraced my steps to where the trail split and continued southwards on the Green Ribbon Preservation Trail until I reached Stenton Ave (where the trail ends). I turned around and headed back to Fort Washington State Park on the same route, stopping on the Hawk Observation Deck on my way back, which provided a cool scenic overlook of the surrounding landscape above the treeline.
A nice, leisurely walk. Pretty much the only worthwhile trail around Fort Washington State Park.
Great trail in the "burbs" outside of Philly. The north section is 10 miles, running from North Wales south to Fort Washington State Park - can be extended another 3 miles using the Wissahickon Trail in the park itself.
The weather was wonderful, sunny with temps in the 60's, there were only a few muddy spots en-route.
A really nice early spring workout.
Planned to hike the entire trail today with the dogs, but it started to snow pretty good and the underlying surface of the trail was a complete sheet of ice. Had to settle for about 4 miles, but it was nice none the less. First time I visited this one, and it looks like it's better suited to 2 wheels instead of 2 feet.
Allen D. on Wissahickon Gorge North Loop
Half of the trail was well maintained, the other half was very hard to follow. Certainly an easy trail none the less, finished in 1 hour.
I was just here yesterday. Got there at dawn to try and take advantage of the bird watching tower for some photography. Unfortunately weather didn't cooperate. Instead I took my camera and hiked one of the trails. I hiked for almost 3 hours without seeing another person. Lots of wildlife though. All in all a great morning of leisure hiking, photography and solitude.