Park Map | Trails | Directions | FOW Map App
Welcome to the Wissahickon’s 1800 acres and 50+ miles of trails – we know there’s something for everyone in Wissahickon Valley Park.
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Trailheads, parking, park amenities, and points of interest in the park are listed on the map (you can turn them on or off by clicking the layer button in the top left corner). Make sure if you’re taking a trail to check the descriptions below – some trails are restricted to use by hikers only.
Forbidden Drive | 5.35 Miles | Average width 25 feet; Max obstacle height 3 inches | Average Grade: 3% A wide, flat, multi-use gravel path that parallels the Wissahickon Creek for the entire length of the park, Forbidden Drive is part of the Circuit Trails network and was the 2018 PA Trail of the Year!
Over one million people use this popular trail annually, so make sure to make room for everyone. Please respect other park users and follow trail courtesy recommendations: all users must yield to equestrians, and bikers should yield to hikers, walkers, and joggers.
Orange Trail | 5.64 Miles | Average width 3 feet; Max obstacle height 24 inches | Average Grade: 11% Single track, natural surface (dirt and rock) trail that runs along the east side of the park. Terrain is varied, and sections of the trail are rugged and may be difficult for inexperienced trail users. Restricted to Hikers Only from Hortter Street to the Thomas Mill Road Covered Bridge.
White Trail | 4.39 Miles | Average width 3 feet; Max obstacle height 24 inches | Average Grade: 10% Single track, natural surface (dirt and rock) trail that runs along the east side of the park. Terrain is varied, with occasional steep, technical climbs. Sections of the trail are rugged and may be difficult for inexperienced trail users.
Yellow Trail | 7.89 Miles | Average width 3 feet; Max obstacle height 24 inches | Average Grade: 9% Single track, natural surface (dirt and rock) trail that runs on the west side of the park. Terrain is varied, with occasional steep, technical climbs.
Lavender Trail | 1.5 Miles | Average Width 3 feet, Max obstacle height 24 inches | Average Grade: 11% Single track, natural surface (dirt and rock) trail loops on the west side of the park. Terrain is varied, with occasional steep, technical climbs. Restricted to Hikers only.
Andorra Meadow Loop
Andorra Meadow Loop | 1.7 Miles | Average Width 3 feet, Max obstacle height 24 inches | Average Grade: 4% Single track, natural surface (dirt and rock) trail loops on the east side of the park. Terrain is mostly flat, with occasional switchback climbs. Restricted to Hikers and Equestrians only.
Wissahickon Bike Trail - Partial Closure
Wissahickon Bike Trail | 1.6 Miles | Average Width 12 feet, Max obstacle height 3 inches | Average Grade: 3% This series of asphalt greenways and elevated boardwalks follows Lincoln Dr and connects the Schuylkill River Trail to Forbidden Drive. The Wissahickon Transportation Center is located directly across the street from the Ridge Avenue trailhead and has connections to SEPTA bus routes from many areas of the city. As of March 1, 2021, the four bike bridges will close for a major renovation project – more information and a detour map is available at https://fow.org/bridge-closure-3-21/.
Beyond the major trails, there are a variety of other small uncategorized access trails throughout the park which vary in access, grade, width, and surface.
Some helpful tips for getting to the park by car and public transportation.
The above map shows trailheads and parking locations. Please note that parking along Livezey Lane and Kitchen’s Lane is not allowed as they are the only access routes for emergency vehicles to these areas.
At busy times of day, some parking lots will be full! Alternatives to the most popular locations are listed on their map tags.
The west side of the park is served by the SEPTA 27 bus, which runs along Henry Avenue through Roxborough. The north and east side is served by the 97 bus in Chestnut Hill and the 23 bus along Germantown Avenue through Mt. Airy and Germantown. To the south, the 65 bus crosses the park at Walnut Lane. The Wissahickon Transportation Center (4900 Ridge Avenue, multiple bus lines) also offers access to the park at the Ridge Avenue entrance.
Please note that bus stations are often some distance from the park’s trailheads and you should factor this into your hiking plans!
By Regional Rail
The west side of the park is accessible from most of the stations on the SEPTA Chestnut Hill West Line. To the south, the Ridge Avenue entrance is also accessible from Wissahickon Station on the Manayunk / Norristown line.
Within the park, the following sites are most accessible for rideshare pickups and dropoffs. Keep in mind that cell service in the park is often spotty away from these locations, and please exercise caution on park roads.
Northwestern Stables (120 W Northwestern Ave)
Bells Mill Road Parking Lots (Bells Mill Road)
Salvatore Pachella Field (Junction of Henry Avenue and Livezey Lane)
Valley Green Road Parking Lots (Valley Green Road)
Kitchen’s Lane Parking Lot (1000 Kitchens Lane)
Bluebell Field (842 W Walnut Lane)
David Montgomery (Daisy) Field (600 Barnes Street)
Ridge Avenue Trailhead (4901 Ridge Avenue)
FOW Map App
We have an app! Explore an interactive FOW map in the palm of your hand, plus information on all things Wissahickon and self-guided tours of the park by downloading the FOW Map app on your mobile phone.
Make sure to check out our park information page as well for tips to have the most enjoyable visit to the park!