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Wissahickon Valley Park Trail (also known as the Forbidden Drive Trail) follows its namesake creek through the entire length of the park. The ominous sounding Forbidden Drive was so named because in the 1920s cars were banned from it. Today, it's open to pedestrians, equestrians and cyclists.
The park includes many interesting historical features, especially interesting old homes owned by notable locals. The park also has other trails; however, note that equestrians and cyclists wishing to use them must secure an annual permit from the Philadelphia's park system. Otherwise, no permit is required for the Forbidden Drive Trail. At its southern end, the trail connects to the Lincoln Drive Trail, which in turn connects to the Schuylkill River Trail.
The heavily wooded trail offers a pleasant escape from the bustling city center of Philadelphia. The trail is also part of Greater Philadelphia's Circuit Trails network, which will one day offer 750 miles of multi-use trails throughout the region.
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