Wissahickon Valley Park (Forbidden Drive)

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Wissahickon Valley Park Trail (Forbidden Drive) follows the creek of the same name 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 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.

A paved path connects Forbidden Drive to Ridge Avenue. Here Wissahickon Creek empties into the Schuylkill River. Many cyclists coming from the River Drives, or pedestrians using the R-6 Wissahickon Station or Bus Interchange, use this path.

At the northern end, Forbidden Drive ends at Northwestern Avenue after crossing Bell's Mill Road.

Parking and Trail Access

You can access Wissahickon Valley Park Trail (Forbidden Drive) in numerous places, including from the Valley Green Inn. To get to Valley Green Road, take Springfield Avenue in Chestnut Hill, two blocks west of St. Martin's Lane and the St. Martin's R-8 Station. Just above Valley Green, Wise's Mill Road meets Forbidden Drive, connecting it to Henry Avenue in Roxborough.

For more information about the trail and where to park, contact Friends of the Wissahickon (link on the right nav bar).


good for the soul

   September, 2016 by cairodreams

The valley green trails and walks are so good for the soul. The clean air And tree and sounds of the birds always deeply relaxes me and enables me to walk farther than I might otherwise. It's a hidden treasure. read more

   May, 2016 by kivs1

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   March, 2016 by tanyagallagher222

I live in Germantown and my first time at this park was on Sunday. What a relaxing, wonderful place. I am going again today! It's a beautiful place to get away and relax! read more