Wissahickon Creek Gorge Loop Trail

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Wissahickon Creek Gorge Loop Trail is a 9.2 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.

Distance: 9.2 miles Elevation Gain: 643 feet Route Type: Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

hiking

horseback riding

mountain biking

nature trips

rock climbing

walking

running

forest

partially paved

river

views

waterfall

rocky

scramble

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

mountain biking
24 days ago

The curve off river was very fun to mountain bike but very steep on one the way back to my start points.

hiking
muddy
off trail
rocky
24 days ago

hiking
muddy
off trail
over grown
rocky
24 days ago

hiking
rocky
1 month ago

Is it the best hiking ever? No. But considering it’s proximity to the city it’s awesome. Definitely worth the trip. It’s nice to have something like this so close to the city. Be advised there is a lot of people around so if you’re looking to have the trail mostly to yourself, this isn’t the place.

muddy
rocky
3 months ago

Really nice trail, but definitely don't use a bike for it. A good portion of it is far to rocky for one.

hiking
scramble
3 months ago

hiking
muddy
rocky
scramble
3 months ago

yellow trail moderate hiking level. there was nice scrambling. but muddy in places but rocks to walk along.

hiking
4 months ago

Nice spot for a stroll. Definitely feels like a park in the city though. Tons of people even in December. if you're looking for that feeling of wilderness and seclusion, look elsewhere but if you're just looking for a nice walk by a river on a well maintained path/road, the west side of the river is for you. East side felt like an easy trail though it could do with some more markers.

hiking
rocky
scramble
4 months ago

Very nice trail for all abilities. Interesting variety.

hiking
rocky
4 months ago

Easy trail with lots of different types of terrain. We had to carry our pup a few times on the east side of the creek, but she is on the smaller side

Very easy - ventured off to white and orange trails. Pretty but fairly busy. Our first hike in years and we don’t work out. Was easy.

hiking
bugs
muddy
over grown
5 months ago

This park is huge and spending two hours here, I easily only explored 1/4th of it. The map on this app didn’t at all line up at all for the first half hour of the hike, but once we got to a large path it aligned. There is a lot to do, so look at the map before you head over. We saw a lot of fishing, swinging, hiking, etc. there were also lots of bugs and we had to get very close to a yellow jacket nest at one point. There was also a catfish in the river, and plenty of broken down historic brick buildings, and some well preserved. I can’t wait to go back to explore! Climbing over the large chunks of rock was fun. I just wish the trail was better marked, as without this app it would have been hard to navigate. If it wasn’t for the poor trail marks I’d give it a 5/5!

hiking
5 months ago

We really enjoyed our time here. The paved part is pretty, too but once you adventure out a bit, it gets more interesting. At one point we veered off a little and ended up sliding down near the water but we made it out okay. It was a memorable hike for my 8 year old, who has been on many in her short life so far lol.

hiking
5 months ago

Forbidden Drive is a flat, wide, graveled, picket-fence lined trail that meanders along the Wissahickon Creek. This fun, popular, and lively section of Philadelphia’s Fairmount Park that stretches from Chestnut Hill through bike-friendly Manayunk. It has numerous points of interest including a horse stable, a recently remodeled red covered bridge, stone walls and bridges, small waterfalls, park benches, wooden house-like park ranger outposts, rock formations, and remnants of old mills. One can hike to the enormous stone carved statue of a Lenape looking west on the upper ridge, which is best viewed from the main trail once the leaves have dropped. The main trail, originally designed for horse and carriages, is flat and easy to navigate. The steep creek-bank trails are narrow and challenging. The main trail and creek are happily packed on weekends with road and mountain bikers, walkers, runners, casual and serious hikers, families with dogs and strollers, swimmers, kayakers, fishermen, and horse riders. You might even pass an outdoor creek-side event, folks enjoying an outdoor brunch on the veranda, and duck and geese feedings at The Valley Green Inn, which also has water fountains, restroom facilities, and a concession stand. There are connecting trails to Chestnut Hill’s shopping district and Houston’s Meadow, which is popular with runners, hikers, horseback riders, bird watchers, and mountain bikers. The main trail can be pleasantly shady and cool in summer, and boasts gorgeous views of fall color, but it can be sloshy on rainy days and very icy in winter and early spring. Community organizations, especially Friends of the Wissahickon, work hard to maintain and improve it, and it has won the “Trail of the Year” award several times. It’s a great experience year round.

walking
rocky
6 months ago

hiking
bugs
muddy
6 months ago

road biking
muddy
6 months ago

This is the pennypack trail that starts at pine rd. Great trail just dont go after it storms, an absolute awful idea

hiking
6 months ago

This is NOT an easy trail. Don't plan a family outing based on it being easy. it's easy if you are a walker/hiker in good shape. If you stay on Forbidden Drive yes it's easy. You can bring the family and bikes on Forbidden Drive. I love this route. it's shade and away from city noise.

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