Blue Bell and Forbidden Drive Loop

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Blue Bell and Forbidden Drive Loop is a 2.1 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Philadelphia, Pennsylvania that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until October.

Length2.1 miElevation gain219 ftRoute typeLoop
kid friendlyHikingNature tripsWalkingBird watchingRunningForestRiverViewsWildlife
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Josh Arroyo
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Very muddy and icy

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Meredith Tavallaee
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Muddy trail but great afternoon hike!

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C W
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Quite a few people without masks, including on narrow trails. There were a few places my 6yo was very nervous walking over the huge sewer lines. Def won’t take my 3yo’s on this exact loop.

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LISA HOLMAN
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Alison Crouse
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I love this trail but extremely muddy and many down trees from recent storm.

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Jeff Podraza
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Nice loop with varying terrain, a little muddy in spots today. Take the spur to Rittenhouse Town - there’s a little cafe there we hadn’t known about!

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Mona Chen
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J Poet
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Christine Zay
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great little hike through the woods but enough room to space out.

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Jason Serko
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Naomi Fields
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The landscape has been excavated by the recent storm and the normal “fall” of the foliage, making it a wonderfully exposed route to hike.

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Cassie West
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Jenna Piccone
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Very crowded for a Sunday, which wasn’t surprising since it was a beautiful fall day! Lots of mushrooms to find. Rocky and moderate. Easy to find a way off of Forbidden Drive with the app.

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Tyler Lipshutz
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Easy - some "off the trail" sections which makes it pretty exciting and has lots of markers so it's not hard to get lost!

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Dolly AL KOBORSSY
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Very nice loop. Easy with different things to see. I advise it for anyone new to hiking.

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Megan Guy
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Favorite! Can’t wait to try in October with fall foliage

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Jeffrey Liu
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L.R. Dias
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About 75% of people were wearing masks. Lots of dogs and bikes on the trail.

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Mel Ward
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Love, love, LOVE the Wissahickon!!!

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Joe Canuso
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Trails were clear, people and dogs were friendly, most people were wearing masks. Good morning walk.

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Aida Diop
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Really nice trail. Kept up pretty well too. The bridge was a really cool part and being able to get right up to the water was nice. A little rocky with some tight paths but those parts make it more fun :)

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Jen Raue
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Pretty trail for being inside of a city. Lots of people and only about 1/4 wearing masks

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L A
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J Tac
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Mabel Jimenez
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Nice hiking parks with variety of trails for biking, hiking, walking, etc. Whatever one feel like doing. Downside is the lack of Park and trails information, for someone that isn’t familiar with the area it could be a bit of a challenge to get around.

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Josh S
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Nice easy trail with some rockyness and plenty of shade/woods along the river. More people than I expected on a Tuesday morning but not overcrowded. Will be going back.

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Alison Crouse
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Walked all the way past Kitchens Lane bridge to Levering bridge then back on orange.

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Micheala Coffin
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Pretty trail with great views....not too difficult!

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Alison Crouse
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A few ups and downs but nice combo of trail and packed dirt drive. Access to river.

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Kinga Wyatt
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