Wissahickon Valley Park - Hermit Lane Trail

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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Hermit Lane is also part of Philadelphia’s vast Fairmount Park system. One of the highlights of this hike is visiting the “cave” of Johannes Kelpius. Kelpius was a mystic who believed that the world would end in 1694. You can visit his hovel and even go inside the tiny little space. It’s on the trail! Watch out for cyclists and other walkers and hikers. Try to stay to the right. As you walk, you’ll see cars traveling on Lincoln Drive, and if you look to the left, you’ll see Wissahickon Hall, which used to be the headquarters for the 92nd Police District. The Friends of the Wissahickon publish a great map of the entire park.
60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Philadelphia - 2nd Edition

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60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Philadelphia - 2nd Edition

by Lori Litchman (Menasha Ridge Press)

Hermit Lane is also part of Philadelphia’s vast Fairmount Park system. One of the highlights of this hike is visiting the “cave” of Johannes Kelpius. Kelpius was a mystic who believed that the world would end in 1694. You can visit his hovel and even go inside the tiny little space. It’s on the trail!

Watch out for cyclists and other walkers and hikers. Try to stay to the right. As you walk, you’ll see cars traveling on Lincoln Drive, and if you look to the left, you’ll see Wissahickon Hall, which used to be the headquarters for the 92nd Police District. The Friends of the Wissahickon publish a great map of the entire park.

© 2017 Lori Litchman/Menasha Ridge Press. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking, Mountain Biking, Walking
Nearby City: Philadelphia
Distance: 2.3 miles
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 1.5 hours
Season: Daily, sunrise–sunset
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: 215-247-0417 fow.org
Local Maps: USGS Germantown
Driving Directions: Directions to Wissahickon Valley Park - Hermit Lane Trail

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