Wissahickon Gorge North Loop

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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There are two major attractions on this hike that make this an absolute must for serious outdoor lovers. Hikers can investigate the history and historical significance of Northwest Philadelphia while they’re overwhelmed by the natural history and majestic beauty of Wissahickon Gorge. Be sure to bring your camera. Centered on Wissahickon Gorge and wide-flowing Wissahickon Creek, which runs 7 miles through Fairmount Park, this hike leads you through a historic stone arch to Indian Rock, where the Lenni-Lenape Indians held council until they disappeared from the valley in the mid-eighteenth century. Here you can take a photo of the KneelingWarrior, a stone statue of Tedyuscung. Explore a 97-foot-long covered bridge built in 1737, or take a break near a small dam that sends water cascading 5 feet over its crest.And be sure to get a photo of the giant tulip poplars—with diameters up to 4 feet, these are some of the largest in the state.
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Hiking Pennsylvania

by John L. Young (Falcon Guides)

There are two major attractions on this hike that make this an absolute must for serious outdoor lovers. Hikers can investigate the history and historical significance of Northwest Philadelphia while they’re overwhelmed by the natural history and majestic beauty of Wissahickon Gorge. Be sure to bring your camera.

Centered on Wissahickon Gorge and wide-flowing Wissahickon Creek, which runs 7 miles through Fairmount Park, this hike leads you through a historic stone arch to Indian Rock, where the Lenni-Lenape Indians held council until they disappeared from the valley in the mid-eighteenth century. Here you can take a photo of the KneelingWarrior, a stone statue of Tedyuscung. Explore a 97-foot-long covered bridge built in 1737, or take a break near a small dam that sends water cascading 5 feet over its crest.And be sure to get a photo of the giant tulip poplars—with diameters up to 4 feet, these are some of the largest in the state.

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Activity Type: Hiking, Horseback Riding, Trail Running
Nearby City: Philadelphia
Distance: 5.5
Elevation Gain: 365 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 3 hours
Season: Spring, summer, fall
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: Fairmount Park; (215) 683- 0200; www.visitphilly.com/outdoor-activities/philadelphia/fairmount-park/ Fairmount Park Conservancy; (215) 988- 9334; www.fairmountpark.org
Local Maps: USGS Germantown, PA
Driving Directions: Directions to Wissahickon Gorge North Loop

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