Wissahickon Loop

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Wissahickon Loop is a 6.9 mile heavily 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 best used from April until September. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 6.9 miles Elevation Gain: 820 feet Route Type: Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

fishing

hiking

horseback riding

mountain biking

nature trips

walking

bird watching

running

forest

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

There are two small parking lots right around the Forbidden Trail on Bells Mill Road. There is at least one port-a-potty present there as well.

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17 days ago

I loved this trail. What I didn’t like was coming back to the parking lot and finding out my car had been broken into. Please be careful and don’t leave valuables in your vehicles.

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rocky
1 month ago

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2 months ago

Beautiful trail. No cell coverage in the part I covered. I should have planned better on that part but a beautiful trail and the covered bridge is a beautiful historical sight.

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blowdown
2 months ago

Should be marked closed. The last half of the “yellow trail” was complete unnavigable with large trees and debris covering the trail and it looks like it has been that way for a while. Not sure how previous people completed. Had to cut it short and walk back on the gravel walking trail.

hiking
2 months ago

Cutest meadow hiking

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over grown
3 months ago

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bugs
3 months ago

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4 months ago

Great easy trail. Lots of scenery and other connecting trails.

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rocky
4 months ago

The first quarter is the steepest part of the trail. Meadow trail at first and then shady for the rest of the trail. The last 2.5 miles is flat on the main walking trail.

hiking
5 months ago

First 1/4 mile is a steep uphill rocky scramble. A couple miles in , there is a 1/4 mile walk along a road. The remaining 8 1/2 miles are a beautiful mix of natural trails. This is the best local hike I’ve found south or east of the AT.

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rocky
5 months ago

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rocky
7 months ago

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7 months ago

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

hiking
7 months ago

nice trails

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bugs
7 months ago

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Thu Nov 08 2018

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.

hiking
Thu Jul 19 2018

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.

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Sat Jul 07 2018

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.

Wed Jul 04 2018

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.

hiking
Fri Mar 16 2018

Great trail. Love the variety that this trail offers. Lots of uphill and downhill... I hike this trail on a regular basis with my pup.. And only issue is parking. I love this trail!

Tue Oct 03 2017

Beautiful trails.

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Mon Sep 18 2017

Really enjoyable hike. Not overly difficult except for the few hills. It's pretty up hill, flat for awhile, down hill, and then repeat. Nice varied environment Look out for mountain bikers!!

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