Wissahickon Creek Gorge Loop Trail

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Fairmount Park

Wissahickon Creek Gorge Loop Trail is a 9.4 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Philadelphia, Pennsylvania that features a waterfall and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length9.4 miElevation gain616 ftRoute typeLoop
Dogs on leashKid friendlyHikingMountain bikingNature tripsWalkingBird watchingRunningForestPartially pavedRiverViewsWaterfallWildlifeRocky
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Immerse yourself in a true nature experience just outside of the bustling city of Philadelphia on this gorgeous hike through Wissahickon Gorge. Following the white and orange trail on the east side of the creek and Forbidden Drive on the west, you’ll feel hundreds of miles away from the city despite being less than an hours drive away. As you walk the banks of the creek and cross covered bridges over the creek waters listen for the abundant birdlife as the chorus of chickadees, blue jays, and woodpeckers echoes through the forest. Start or end your hike with a snack or treat from the Valley Green Inn that sits right in the heart of Fairmount Park. It is almost too easy to spend a full day here walking in the woods.

There are several parking areas that offer access to the trail.

Fairmount Park Commission, 215-685-0000 Friends of Wissahickon http://www.fow.org/

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Erin Batson
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Wonderful trail. So many great places to explore. Couldn’t ask for anything more. Great for kids. Lots of cute doggos is a plus.

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Michael Forrest
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Whew

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Joe Cerruti
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great trail. there is a lot to explore.

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Michael Capanna
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Awesome.

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Grishma Valliyod
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HikingGreat!

Great hike to spend a full day. No tough elevation gain and the hike is along the river so it's very scenic and exciting. Lot of spots to sit and relax by the river.

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John Pastorek
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Easy hike along a very beautiful river and rapids.

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Charlotte Lopacki
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Jace & Mia L
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Trail was muddy at points. Beautiful views of the creek. Fun bridge crossings. Minimal elevation gain. A great hike! 

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Rick Mueller
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Mike Mesa
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east side rough for older dogs but worth it. Be pretty experienced do do it all.

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Adam Peditto
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Little icy, but not bad overall. Beware of dogs off leash with dimwitted owners. Besides that, great hike!

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Marielle Moss
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Kory Kelly
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Gorgeous

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Paul McLaughlin
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Michael Cramer
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Frank Ma
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Good overall but there were loads of people in the most part

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Margaret Fleming
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Mountaineering Mark
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Awesome, very challenging and scenic. Would recommend for experienced hikers.

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Matt Urglavitch
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Shannon Bowers
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Great trail, got alittle off track, but still enjoyed the journey. Was alittle muddy in certain areas on trails, but not horribly.

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Gabby Van Hollander
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It was lit and adventurous but a lil muddy and icy ;)

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Sergio Altomare
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Dominic Corbi
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it was very nice out there today snow was beautiful

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Mikhayla Starke
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Vasil Hlinka
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Moderately busy, nice, easy trail with few rock out cropping to break it up.

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Raymond Rose
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Attica Quest
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Beautiful and nice!

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Gil Galin
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Timothy David
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HikingGreat!

Wonderful park with a lot to see. We liked how one side was rough country and the other side was a nice smooth paved walk way.

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Taylor Wagner
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Such an amazing hike! First time here and will definitely be back!

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