- Site specific trails
About the Trail
The Wissahickon Trail, also known as the Green Ribbon Preserve Trail, will run from the Liberty Bell Trail in the North Penn area to Philadelphia’s Forbidden Drive Trail in the Fairmount Park System. The trail is currently an existing walking path that stretches along the Wissahickon Creek from Stenton Avenue in Whitemarsh Township to a point near Lansdale Borough.
The Wissahickon Trail will be developed for multi-use between Forbidden Drive and Fort Washington State Park, where it will intersect with the Cross County Trail. Beyond Fort Washington, the trail will remain a walking path to protect the environmentally sensitive nature of the Wissahickon Valley. This portion of the creek valley passes through a serene landscape, with few road crossings, which has been substantially preserved through the efforts of the Wissahickon Valley Watershed Association. Additional acquisitions and easements will be necessary to fully implement the multi-use and walking path portions of the trail.
A paved half-mile section was completed in 2008 along Northwestern Avenue in front of Morris Arboretum. This section also uses existing sidewalks to connect to Philadelphia's Forbidden Drive Trail in the Fairmount Park System. In addition, a two-mile section within Fort Washington State Park was widened to 12 feet. Currently, this section of trail stretches from the intersection of Stenton Avenue and West Valley Green Road to the state park's Militia Hill area.
These trail is a mixture of asphalt or hard cinder pavement and eight to 12 feet in length. View the trail map.
Access & Parking
The Wissahickon Trail passes along or through private property and sensitive floodplain properties. Access for parking points along the trail will be limited to the existing Fairmount Park trailhead in Chestnut Hill at Northwestern Avenue and at the Militia Hill section of the Fort Washington State Park in Whitemarsh Township. Limited parking is planned for the W. Valley Green Road/Stenton Avenue area and along West Valley Green Road at the Philadelphia Cricket Club.
In addition to the major trailhead access points, visitors who ride bicycles to the trail can access the trail at various street crossing areas, including Northwestern Avenue, Stenton Avenue, West Valley Green Road, and Bethlehem Pike at Morris Road. Springfield Township is also planning a system of trails that will link Flourtown and Erdenheim villages to the trail. Visitors who use the Schuylkill River Trail and the Cross County Trail will have seamless access to the trail.
Points of Interest
Points of interest along the Wissahickon Trail include:
- Historic Sites:
- The Highlands Mansion and Gardens
- Hope Lodge
- Scenic Areas:
- Fort Washington State Park
- Wissahickon Valley Park
- Fairmount Park’s Valley Green section
- Other Points of Interest:
- Wissahickon Valley Watershed headquarters and Green Ribbon Preserve
- Morris Arboretum
- Erdenheim Farm
- Chestnut Hill College
- Mount St. Joseph Academy
- Carson Valley School
- Germantown Academy
- Various golf courses
- Main Street shopping areas in Ambler, Flourtown, and Erdenheim