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Fairmount Park Forbidden Drive Professional Review and Guide
"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."
--Bob D'Antonio, Mountain Biking the Greater Philadelphia Area (Falcon Guides).
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.
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.
Perfect for bike trailers! Wonderful trail, smooth gravel two lane road that is shaded 98% of the trail.
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