Wissahickon Gorge North Loop

MODERATE 167 reviews
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Wissahickon Gorge North Loop is a 4.7 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Philadelphia, Pennsylvania that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

4.7 miles
662 feet

dogs on leash

kid friendly


horseback riding

mountain biking

nature trips

trail running


bird watching





wild flowers



1 month 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

3 months ago

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

4 months ago

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!

5 months ago

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

6 months ago

Beautiful trail! Will go explore it again!

6 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.

6 months ago

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.

6 months ago

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.

7 months ago

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!

7 months ago

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

8 months ago

awesome stuff to see i feel it could be marked better st the forks seems like several trails intertwine , had an awesome time

10 months ago

Nice moderately difficult trail. Nice things to see and well marked. We will be going again!

10 months ago

Lovely walk and sights!

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

We added on for a 6.7 mike 3 hour hike on a nice January day. We crossed the creek at Belles Mills and wound our way on the other side of the creek. So close to Philly and lovely gorge hiking. I would give 4 because at times you hike near roads and houses. Well marked yellow signs help keep you in track.

Saturday, January 20, 2018

Great day for a hike. Good views, nice to be by the water.

Saturday, October 14, 2017

A very nice area to hike, my dog and I had a good time. Trails are wide enough for two people to walk next to each other with room to spare, except for a couple of spots that were a little tight. The hiking trails had several rocky areas that were a little slippery due to the rain earlier in the morning.
Parking is questionable and very limited. I'd like to go back again soon. Take the side trails if you are looking for an actual hike if not the main path is crushed gravel and very wide.

Sunday, September 03, 2017

Pretty good spot. On the one side of the creek it's all trails, the other side is an unpaved road. There were a lot of people on the road side, and it was very easy. Trail side is more of a challenge. Both sides have cool stuff to see and since the area is basically surrounded by towns and burbs, there is some really interesting old architecture. If you enter via Seminole Rd. be prepared for a steep hill on the way out.

Sunday, June 04, 2017

We've done this one a few times. Nice wooded trail, not a ton of scenic views but still enjoyable. Helps that it's close to home :)

Thursday, April 06, 2017

Sunday, December 04, 2016

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

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

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!

Monday, September 12, 2016

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!

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Breath taking

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Half of the trail was well maintained, the other half was very hard to follow. Certainly an easy trail none the less, finished in 1 hour.

Monday, April 01, 2013

Four stars for a decent amount of trailhead parking, tons of picnic tables and play areas located around the park area and nice trails. While this type of trail isn't something I'd normally enjoy they were well kept, wide enough for four people easily walking side by side, and would be good for cross country skiing or an easy Sunday stroll. Probably not a trail we'll head back to but serves its purpose well.

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