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).


Great Ride

   June, 2014 by ca69maro

Very enjoyable trail from one end to the other. Highly recommended. Gravel and Stones, recommend off road bike or bike with non street tires. read more

A Great Gem

   June, 2014 by jhilden

The Forbidden Drive through Wissahickon Valley Park is a rare urban gem and a wonderful escape from the concrete jungle, plus, heavy tree cover provides great sun protection through majority of the ride. This trail is maintained but has suffered from ...read more


   August, 2013 by leftwing

The trail itself is a beautiful historic area of Phila. Lush foliage, neat old buildings. That's where the fun stops. It's in dire need of maintenance. I would NEVER attempt this trail by myself during off-peak hours unless you are "packing". Peak hours ...read more