Wissahickon Gorge North Loop

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19126

Wissahickon Gorge North Loop

Wissahickon Gorge North Loop Professional Review and Guide

"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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"Every mountain biker in the Philadelphia area should get involved with the Fairmount Park Commission to help keep access to the trails in the area secure for mountain bikers. This section of the park has some of the finest mountain biking trails in Eastern Pennsylvania.

Cyclists should get involved with local groups like Friends of the Wissahickon to promote mountain biking in the park. With such a wide variety of trails, this is a wonderful place for riders of all abilities to pursue their sport. Terrain: Singletrack, doubletrack, as well as dirt and paved roads."

"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 around Wissahickon Gorge and the wide-flowing Wissahickon Creek, which runs 7 miles through Fairmount Park, this hike leads you to an historic stone arch and on to Indian Rock, where the Lenni Lenape Indians held council until they disappeared from the valley in the mid-eighteenth century."

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This is a nice shaded trail which makes it a great place to tackle in the summer. It's a bit buggy and parking is a little tough but those are the only downsides. The hike has many lovely features such as waterfalls and streams. There are also some historical structures which you'll love if you're a history buff. The trail can be a bit narrow in some areas and rocky but it's not very difficult. My hiking friend's dog loved it!
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Trail Information

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

Activity Feed

Oct 2018