Explore the most popular Bird Watching trails in Wissahickon Valley Park with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

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muddy
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rocky
7 days ago

Great trail pretty moderate intensity though

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muddy
rocky
9 days ago

Great trail that hits a bunch of the top sites to see in the Wissahickon (statue, bridges, river). Did traverse some of the steeper portions of the Wiss but not difficult overall.

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muddy
rocky
10 days ago

hiking
13 days ago

Pretty trail nestled in the city. Forested enough to make you forget you in a busy urban area!

trail running
14 days ago

A nice park and very well maintained trails. Just know that the loop is barely 2 miles. I wove back and forth on every trail even down to the stream and it was 4 miles.

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rocky
16 days ago

hiking
19 days ago

nice trails

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rocky
20 days ago

the trail is really great a lot of nature a lot of great scenery the first hill is pretty intense it's long and goes pretty high pretty fast you will have other with hills like it as well overall very good hike they're definitely mountain bikers and joggers and some people with dogs off leash. Keep an eye out for the trail markers because it's easy to get off Trail, I did several times.

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bugs
24 days ago

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muddy
24 days ago

Nice hike with family lots of different options. Not labeled the best but you can easily find way back to main trails, lots of people.

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rocky
27 days ago

Super great trail! Definitely fits the moderate rating. It starts off easy builds up at the end which I really enjoyed. The views were beautiful and it’s only early spring.

bridges, waterfall, streams. beautiful. recommended for a quick walk. 1 hour walk

walking
1 month ago

A short nature walk within the Wissahickon Valley Park. Has a few mild hills, and adjoins the Wissahickon Valley Park trails so you can extend the distance. Excellent year round for bird watching. Is was dry despite some recent rain, the trail is a little rough with gullys from rain water washing down the hill. Many folks walking their dogs here, the park asks they be on leash to protect ground nesting birds and wildlife.

Slippery today with ice/snow but great trail with varied terrain and riverside views! Having to take extra care with the ice it took about 2.5 hours. Beautiful snow and icicles.

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muddy
2 months ago

Great trail- we parked at the inn and started/ended our loop there. Orange out and white back. Very cool 5 mi hike- it’s easy to get off on a side trail, but you can’t really get lost

Beautiful view in Autumn. And you can have a nice lunch at Valley Green Inn after walking.

hiking
5 months ago

We went on an extremely busy day (warm fall Saturday and a wedding on the premises) with both our dogs. After the main loop we were able to go on some of the back trails and happily have our space. There are a lot of different trails to walk, some harder than others but all pretty easy/moderate, and it’s beautiful here! Pups loved it, everyone was dog friendly.

Good walking trail. Kid friendly sights and stops along the way. Great for pups!

Kept me on my toes in a very enjoyable sense! Scenic views, and all-inclusive sensational experience. The smells, sights, sounds and feels were astounding for being within a metropolitan area. It was like walking through a wardrobe and being instantly amid an air that tasted of crisp freedom!

It was a nice trail, it was our first time hiking there

Beautiful trail! Will go explore it again!

hiking
8 months ago

Great trail along the river. We saw a few mountain bikers and many dogs off leash. Plenty of benches along the river to stop for a meal. We did find trash along the river that was disappointing (condom wrappers, drug baggies), but once you rose in elevation trash became sparse. Even when we got rained on we still saw a few hikers on trail. Coming across the Lenape Indian statue was pretty cool.

I hiked this trail for the first time yesterday with two friends. Moderate trail with lots of shade and nice views. Bathrooms are scarce and parking is not easy to find. We stopped at Rittenhouse Town for a history lesson. Our total hike was 10 miles. Highly Recommend.

Scenic, challenging, beautiful. Best to arrive early to get parking and avoid the crowds and heat (during summer months). Completed 8 miles with my 10 year old son. Awesome to have such a hidden gem right inside Philadelphia.

hiking
9 months ago

Was first time on a hike...was a lot of fun and the trail was wooded and well marked. Nice to see water falls and we really enjoyed the yellow trail. Was moderate hills and rocky paths. Some nice historical parts along the way as well.

hiking
9 months ago

Overall pretty easy with a few steep elevation changes that put it to the moderate level. Actually started running for stretches in some parts as it was so flat. Trails are well marked but the same trail tends to open in multiple directions several times on the trip making it a bit confusing. Watch out for bikers- trails are narrow and winding in some spots so it is tough to see one another coming. You can very easily make your own variations on this trail that would take you about the same distance. Only think I would avoid next time is the part where it takes you out to Summit Ave and you have to walk on the side of the road for about 1/3 of a mile. Still blows my mind that a hike like this is in Philly.

What a fun trail! The orange trail near the river can get a little narrow and often wet, so you have to move through with caution. Also the last bit of this loop on the white trail contains almost the entirety of the elevation that it entails as well, so be prepared for that. Besides that, this was a good trail to tackle on as a day hike. 95% of the trail is covered by trees as well so the intense heat isn’t a threat. Watch for the mosquitoes too! Will definitely go back on another dry day!

Beautiful hike - nice trails with waterfalls, streams, historical sites. Very shaded from the summer sun. Moderately difficult

Flowing water, covered bridges, uncovered bridges, lots of up and down hills, small waterfalls--what's not to like! Access to multiple trails so you can control how easy/hard and can always go down to Forbidden Drive for nice easy stroll if you've had enough of trails. Not always super well marked, but hard to get truly lost. Recommend especially if in Philly or nearby.

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