Wissahickon Trails - TRAIL

Wissahickon Trails - Trail, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

This is a nice, quiet area for biking. A long path covered with tiny pebbles (a.k.a. a road) stretches for about 12 miles through the Wissahickon Valley. To your left and right all along the way you'll find side trails that lead you off into small creeks, up treacherous climbs, onto singletracks with 20-foot dropoffs to one side and blue-blazed downhills intended only for full-suspension bikes. They're a lot of fun. If you're in the Philadelphia area you should stop by and check em out. Ask for directions. Everybody around there knows where they are. P.S. The best trail (in my opinion) is exactly 1 half mile down from "the valley green inn" when the inn is on your right.

User Reviews (18)

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Roman S   Weekend Warrior [Jul 20, 2015]

We are lucky to have this trail system within the borders of the city. It is a large, diverse system with rocky and technical climbs/descends; fast, smooth flowy sections and plenty of naturals as well as manmade obstacles. There is no way getting around the climbs if you want to get to the single-track fun. There are several lung busters that are sure to test your fitness. I would consider the majority of the trails to be at the intermediate to advanced level. Sure a beginner can try it, but they'll either get hurt or have to hike-a-bike on many sections. My recommendation to those starting out would be to build your confidence at Pennypack or Nockamixon, and then come out to Wiss to test your mettle. As a lot of local riders say, if you can ride Wiss, you can ride anywhere.

Customer Service

Park in Rittenhouse town and pick-up the trailhead heading west. A nice alternative is parking at Allen Lane station and pick up the Creshem trail there

Similar Products Used: Pennypack for a good set of beginner friendly trails, Nox for smooth, well maintained XC fun, White Clay for an extensive system of smooth flowy trails and Belmont for gnarly, urban, obstacle laden death slog.
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5
Nubuanbud2   Weekend Warrior [Aug 26, 2009]

Not a beginner trail! There are lots of technical parts that require the right equipment, full-suspension and or experience. I took a 12 year old, who pushed and slid most of the way and a 17 year old who craked his helmet that I leant him for the day. The climbs are steep and technical. Very challenging and fun for me but I pushed at times too. Could be a fitness level thing. This is a great trail to see where your fitness and skill level are.

Customer Service

Not sure I got lost the second time I went.

Similar Products Used: Penny Pack
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3
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4
Jeff Rains   Weekend Warrior [Apr 27, 2009]

Recently bought a mountain bike but have been riding for exercise for about 3 years. Usually do hybrid riding but am getting into mountain biking. This trail kicked my ass and i consider myself to be in pretty good shape for 33 years old. It was my first time mountain biking in about 10 years so i was not confident taking the trail. the downhill and straightaways were great but the uphill did me in. I though i was going to die. I need practice and lots of it. I went with a very experienced rider who showed me the ropes but i could not for the life of me keep up.

Customer Service

All of them. I have lived in the Philly area for almost 10 years and never knew this park existed until a few months ago. Safe to say, i will be going back. Hopefully a little more confident. Forbidden drive is nice for a sunday stroll with a freind of family.

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4
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4
lowell walker   Cross Country Rider [Aug 14, 2007]

Rocky single track. IMPORTANT: make sure you get off forbidden drive, that is the large boring path people talk about that has a ton of other user traffic on weekends. There are singletrack trails that go off the main trail on both sides.

Customer Service

Get off forbidden drive and explore. Single track everywhere!

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5
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Nick Shriver   Weekend Warrior [Mar 30, 2007]

There are some great trails off the main path of Forbidden Drive. They are not very long but there is something for everyone including some semi technical trails, occasional jumps and short climbs.

Customer Service

I recommend starting at the BBQ place at the start of forbidden drive then making the short climb up one of the side trails and following a single track trail that will take you paraell to Forbidden drive. IF you want to explore further cross the river annd there are some other single track trails on the other side. If you get lost just ask any of the locals how to get to Forbidden drive main trail and follow that back. You can find parking in nearby downtown manayunk right across from the local bike shop Human zoom.

Similar Products Used: There are some trails in Fairmount park that you can link up with but for the Philadelphia area this is the best single track riding around.
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4
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3
jblustein   Weekend Warrior [Jan 23, 2007]

I used to live a few blocks from this area (2004/2005) and rode/walked there quite frequently. I never ran into any problems with people complaining or yelling. You'll have to leave the main gravel trail (Forbidden Path) to find anything uphill or downhill. Trails are on both sides of the creek. I'm not a hardcore rider but the uphill sections challenged me and the downhills were short but fun.

Customer Service

After exploring the off-route trails, I recommend getting back on the Forbidden Path and following it South to the end. You'll end up on the corner of Ridge Road. Make a right (West) onto Ridge Ave. Bear left at the "V" and follow Main Street into Manayunk. Great place to grab lunch as there are tons of restaraunts and bars. Plenty of outdoor seating for sunny days.

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3
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3
mikeelikesit   Weekend Warrior [Oct 09, 2006]

After a glowing review from a fellow rider, a group of us drove a few hours to ride the "Wicked Wissahickon" on an awesome sunny fall day. After securing a parking place (not an easy feat on a nice day) we clipped in and headed out ready for action...down a paved road. Then some more paved path. With walkers, joggers, baby strollers, hikers and bikers all over it. Well, this is downtown Philly, after all, I thought. After a few miles, I started to wonder when the "wicked" part was going to start. After a few more miles I started to wonder when the singletrack was going to start...this trail is way wide, sandy, fast and not real challenging. Some washed out climbs and descents littered with roots, little rocks and bricks (bricks??) kept us awake, and so did the several dozen aforementioned trail users...do not go fast on this trail!! During the last few miles, I just gave up and enjoyed the scenery, which is quite nice.

Customer Service

For a nice Sunday ride with girlfriend/wife, do the yellow trail or stick to the gravel bike path. For good northeastern singletrack, go someplace else...

Similar Products Used: I can't believe I passed Jim Thorpe on the way to this ride...
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2
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2
ironcobra   Weekend Warrior [Aug 28, 2006]

This is a great trail to go on for fun. If you are looking for jumps and a lot of speed this is not the place to go. Thats one reason why im going somewhere else soon. Also i agree with the rest of the people who said it. Be careful around the people on the main trail(forbidden drive) they are b*tches. One wrong move and you have a whole crowd yelling at you. In my opinion get off the main trail as quickly as possible

Customer Service

any trail that hasnt been touched recently by park maitenence

Similar Products Used: im getting into downhill/freeride so i recommend diablo freeride park
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3
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4
jomissa   Cross Country Rider [Jun 13, 2004]

BIG PROBLEM GETTING WORSE- It's the parks Management/maintenance crew. Maybe someone can help... if you have ridden there for a while...Over the past 5-6 years or so The "trail maintenance" at the Wiss has resulted in a loss of the most technical/rocky sections of the east side of the park. It may as well be a road ride now. I am all for trail preservation and sustainability- so please read on. The climb immediately off of the bells mill rd. parking lot has been 50% leveled. They took a dozer and just flattened it. what remains- a slick of mud up to the first right turn. I am afraid they will do the other 50% sometime soon and ruin the climb completely (that's the rider in me). Seriously-besides its being ugly and not fun to walk as its slick and muddy- they took no care to maintain the trail- they killed it. they are apparently to lazy to build water bars and selectively manage the trail. it is a real shame.

Customer Service

one side then the other

Similar Products Used: french creek, belmont plateau
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3
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3
tom   [Sep 02, 2000]

rocks and twisting

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green trail

Similar Products Used: no
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5
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