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    Fairmount Park Forbidden Drive

    Chestnut Hill, Pennsylvania

    Fairmount Park Forbidden Drive

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    Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

    "This is a great beginner ride that's suitable for the entire family. Your ride starts from the parking area on Bells Mills Road and takes the gentile gravel road down to Lincoln Drive and back.

    There are numerous sights and many places to stop along Wissahickon Creek, so pack a lunch, bring the family, and enjoy one of Philadelphia's most beautiful areas. Terrain: An easy gravel path that follows Forbidden Drive along Wissahickon Creek."

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    Philadelphia, PA
    Pathfinder | 131 pts
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    9/12/2009
    I coupled this with the East-West River Drive ride. Path is shaded. For a novice, the rolling hills provided a good work out. Very scenic. I would only use a hybrid or a mountain bike on this trail. While most areas of the path are smooth with gravel, there are some pot holes and imbedded rocks.
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    Medford, NJ
    Pathfinder | 110 pts
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    8/20/2009
    Perfect trail for a family bike ride with loads of things to explore. The level of difficulty is good for 8 and 9 year old kids.

    Special note, if you happen to go off the Forbidden Drive trail remember to pick up a weekly pass or you will get a $25.00 ticket. You can get a weekly or annual pass on-line.
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    Altus, OK
    Pathfinder | 60 pts
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    7/15/2008
    Perfect for bike trailers! Wonderful trail, smooth gravel two lane road that is shaded 98% of the trail.
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    Trail Information

    Chestnut Hill
    Nearby City
    10
    Distance
    537 feet
    Elevation Gain
    Out-and-back
    Trail Type
    Easy
    Technical Difficulty
    Easy
    Physical Difficulty
    2 hours
    Duration
    Year-round
    Season
    180 feet
    Trailhead Elevation
    180 feet
    Top Elevation
    Fairmount Park Rangers, 215-685-2172
    Local Contacts
    USGS Germantown, PA; Fairmount Park Commission / Wissahickon Trail System map - general map available from the park office for $2; more detailed map available at Valley Green Inn for $5.
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