Wissahickon Bikeway Professional Reviews and Guides
"One of the best things about Philadelphia is the sprawling urban park system known as Fairmount Park, which includes Wissahickon Valley Park. More than 57 miles of trails exist in this part of Fairmount Park, an expanse of 1,800 acres. This area has mostly a forest setting but with lovely views of Wissahickon Creek.
The hike starts near the Saylor Grove Stormwater Wetland. Take a moment to inspect the man-made wetland designed to clean the water that enters the Monoshone Creek, a small tributary of Wissahickon Creek. A stormwater wetland holds the first inch or more of rainwater."
--Lori Litchman, 60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Philadelphia - 2nd Edition (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."
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