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.

heavy foot traffic but for a fun trail close to Philadelphia and the suburbs its absolutely worth it.

We had a great time! Gone a few times. Best if you can go midweek as the weekends brings in quite a few people. Well cared for, clean, much to see!

The trail wasn't very challenging but if you want to take a stroll on a relaxing day it's your spot. Got to see some cool wildlife--deer, fox, turkey buzzard. Overall pretty cool spot.

Beautiful trail, easy hike. Quiet.

The trail is awesome, but beware of hikers with unleashed unfriendly dogs. My leashed pup was attacked by a women's dog who was unleashed.

If you don't have a friendly dog don't let it off its leash!

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.

road biking
3 months ago

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.

Breath taking

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.

hiking
6 months ago

hiking
7 months ago

Easy trail perfect for kids and dogs.. Great for training, bring ya rod to plenty of fishing spots

hiking
1 year ago

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.