Celebrate National Trails Day with FOW

News // May 30, 2023

Trails are a safe passage into the great outdoors, a vestige of a time before 8-lane highways and an intensely globalized world, and a means to sustainable travel for all.

The Wissahickon Valley Park is home to over 50 miles of trails for hiking, biking, getting lost, dog walking, adventuring, horseback riding, and basking in the beauty of the 1,800 acres of our beautiful park. This Saturday is National Trails Day: a celebration and day of advocacy for these local trails we all know and love.

We know the vitality of these trails is essential to our park and our community, so for National Trails Day, we’re celebrating by hosting a variety of improvement projects around the Hermitage Mansion! We’re excited to commence a trail re-route project that supports the longevity of our trails as well as the surrounding habitat and is also a great learning opportunity for folks who are interested in the intricacies of improving the trail experience.

Celebrate with us; sign up here for our Service Day!

For more than a decade, we’ve been working toward shifting our trails to align with the Sustainable Trails Initiative, a multi-year campaign to create a sustainable trail network that limits erosion and protects the fragile forest habitat while enhancing recreational experiences throughout the park.

Our National Trails Service Day is just a small part of our pledge to leave the trails and outdoor community better than we found them. We want the park trail system to be a safe and accessible place for everyone to enjoy every day of the year! This means supporting our trails and utilizing them with our Leave No Trace principles in our back pocket.

For more ways to advocate for our trails, visit the American Hiking Society’s resource page here!