Trail Conditions in Wissahickon Valley Park

TRAIL CLOSURES

Beginning Monday, March 1, the Philadelphia Parks and Recreation will be closing the Lincoln Drive Trail Bike Bridges in Wissahickon Valley Park for renovations; the project will have an estimated duration of 9 months. A detour map and project information are available here. Please follow all posted signage and directions!

FOW will be working on the Gorgas Lane connector trail to repair three foot crossings on Saturday, April 10. Please avoid the connector between Forbidden Drive and the Yellow Trail.

Updated Monday, April 5.

Weather

It’s mud season in the Wissahickon! Please avoid using muddy trails, as they are vulnerable to damage and erosion. More information is available here.

A rainy Monday moves to clear or partly cloudy weather for the rest of this week. We’ll be starting service days with the good weather, too! See up to the minute weather from the NOAA weather service.

COVID-19

We all look to the Wissahickon as a place of refuge in difficult times – and we also need your help to keep it that way.  When you visit the park, please remember your responsibility to wear a mask to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Philadelphia is now in Green Phase. Here’s what that means:

  • If you or anyone in your household is feeling sick, please do not visit the park.
  • Wear a mask and maintain at least a 6-foot distance between yourself and other park visitors.
  • Playgrounds, ballfields and basketball courts are now open in Wissahickon Valley Park. Philadelphia Parks and Recreation facilities, including bathrooms, remain closed.
  • Keep dogs and other pets on leash.

Find out more here.

Bikers and Equestrians

Bikers and Equestrians:

Bikers, hikers, and horses: who goes first? It’s not a mystery, and following trail courtesy guidelines is key to staying safe on the trails.

  • As the largest, slowest-to-maneuver and (usually) least-predictable creatures on the trail, horses get the right of way from both hikers and mountain bikers. Hikers and bikers should avoid loud noises or sudden movements that could spook a horse.
  • Bikers should be prepared to yield for hikers and pedestrians at any time,  and should always call out on trails as they approach.
  • Though not widely known, hikers and runners going uphill have the right of way. Hiking courtesy also extends to groups: groups should walk in single file, and single hikers should yield for groups to pass.
  • Finally, all dogs must be kept on a leash no longer than 6 feet within the boundaries of Wissahickon Valley Park. Dogs off leash can scare or injure horses, riders, bikers, and runners, and dog waste is a significant contributor to water quality issues in the Wissahickon Creek. Owners of off-leash dogs can also be assessed a significant fine from Philadelphia Park Rangers. Don’t let that be you!

Fishing

Fishing:

The Wissahickon will be stocked with trout and open for fishing under the regular trout season (from April 3, 2021.)  Anglers 16 and older must secure a fishing license, including a Trout Stamp. Visit the PA Fish and Boat Commission website for details on licensing, seasons, harvest regulations, stocking dates, and consumption guidelines. Current creek conditions are linked here.

Wasps and Yellowjackets

Ground-nesting wasps are an occasional hazard in areas of the park! Please exercise caution around reported ground wasp nests. Unlike bees, wasps can sting more than once, which typically just causes temporary pain and irritation (as anyone who’s been stung by a bee or wasp knows); but if you’re allergic, stings can be dangerous or even fatal.

See the below map for 2021 sightings.

See closures, trailheads, available parking, picnic locations, and points of interest on the map below.