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  • Friends of Wissahickon
    Wissahickon Valley Park for people and wildlife alike Visit and get involved today Plan Your Visit Current Projects Become a Member Volunteer Donate See the Photo Gallery Plan Your Visit Activities Bike fish hike Maps Getting to the Park Plants Wildlife A natural habitat News Events 2016 Biennial Wissahickon Photo Contest News April 11 2016 This year FOW is teaming up with the Wissahickon Valley Watershed Association WVWA to present the 2016 Biennial Wissahickon Photo Contest All photos entered in the contest must be taken within Wissahickon Valley Park along See more news Apr 30th Creek Cleanup Come on out and help clean up the banks of the Wissahickon Creek during our annual Creek Cleanup Apr 30th Woodland Wildflower hike with Don Simon Susan Simon and Lisa Kolker Please click here to register for this hike Meet at Valley Green Inn This hike will cover the trails along Cresheim Creek and onto the White Trail ending at the Mt Airy Bridge and returning Apr 30th Kid Friendly Hike with Marv Schwartz Please click here to register for this hike Meet at the Valley Green Inn This hike will stop at popular sites from Valley Green Inn down Forbidden Drive to

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  • Maps & Directions « Friends of Wissahickon
    Follow approximately three miles until you reach Stenton Avenue 4th light Make a hard left on Stenton You ll see sign for Stenton after you make hard left Follow another 1 mile to Willow Grove Avenue Make a right on Willow Grove Drive to Germantown Avenue make a left follow two blocks make a right on Springfield Avenue Follow straight until road forks bear right The road will end in a parking lot that is about 30 yards from the Inn All parking areas are a part of Fairmount Park and are public so please be aware that parking is limited and you may need to wait a few minutes for a spot to open up From Points South including Delaware Baltimore Washington D C 95 North to 76 West Take exit 340A and follow signs for Lincoln Drive After the ramp to Lincoln Drive go 3 miles and make a left on McCallum St Follow McCallum until it dead ends on Wolcott St Make a left on Wolcott follow it until it dead ends into Valley Green Road Make a left on Valley Green road The road will end in a parking lot that is about 30 yards from the Inn All parking areas are a part of Fairmount Park and are public so please be aware that parking is limited and you may need to wait a few minutes for a spot to open up From PA Turnpike Exit at Ft Washington Exit 338 Take 309 south to Paper Mill Road Make a right on Paper Mill road Follow approximately three miles until you reach Stenton Avenue 4th light Make a hard left on Stenton You ll see sign for Stenton after you make hard left Follow another 1 mile to Willow Grove Avenue Make a right on Willow Grove Drive to Germantown Avenue make a left follow two blocks make a right on Springfield Avenue Follow straight until road forks bear right The road will end in a parking lot that is about 30 yards from the Inn All parking areas are a part of Fairmount Park and are public so please be aware that parking is limited and you may need to wait a few minutes for a spot to open up From New York Central North Jersey via NJ Turnpike NJ Turnpike south to Pennsylvania turnpike Exit 6 on the NJ Turnpike Follow directions from PA Turnpike From Roosevelt Blvd Northeast Philadelphia Take Roosevelt Blvd until you reach the Henry Avenue Fox Avenue exit Right on Fox Left on Queen Lane Right on Henry Avenue Go North on Henry Avenue follow approximately 4 miles until you reach Wise s Mill Rd Turn right on Wise s Mill Road This will take you down to Forbidden Drive you can only travel one way Follow Forbidden drive until you reach parking lot 1 4 mile The Valley Green is 100 yards from this parking lot From the Main Line Take City Line Avenue to Lincoln Drive Take

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  • Contact FOW « Friends of Wissahickon
    About FOW Board of Directors Staff History Mission Our Work Partners Speakers Bureau Links of Interest FAQ Facebook Twitter Instagram Sitemap Privacy Policy Board Login Trail Ambassadors Login Home Contact FOW Share this page Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share via Email Contact FOW The Friends of the Wissahickon 40 W Evergreen Avenue Suite 108 Philadelphia PA 19118 3324 Phone 215 247 0417 Events Apr 30th Creek Cleanup Apr 30th Woodland Wildflower hike with Don Simon Susan Simon and Lisa Kolker Apr 30th Kid Friendly Hike with Marv Schwartz View more events News 2016 Biennial Wissahickon Photo Contest News April 11 2016 Walnut Lane Bridge to Close for Six Months News March 29 2016 Spring Ephemerals in the Wissahickon Nature March 23 2016 See more news Follow FOW FOW on Facebook FOW on Instagram Ongoing Projects We need volunteers to help restore structures repair stone work and rebuild trails Volunteer Get involved Become a member today You like to drink clean water I like to breathe it Let s Be Friends Become a member LetsBeFriends Facebook Twitter Instagram Buy A Trail Map Frequent Questions Get Directions Contact FOW Friends of the Wissahickon The mission of the Friends of the

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  • Plan Your Visit « Friends of Wissahickon
    Plan Your Visit Share this page Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share via Email Plan Your Visit Activities Hike fish ride Maps Getting to the Park Plants Wildlife A natural habitat The Wissahickon Gorge 50 miles of trails Structures Landmarks Bridges buildings and more Photo Gallery Photographs of the park Get involved Become a member today Nut in is better than a hike in the Wissahickon Let s Be

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  • Activities « Friends of Wissahickon
    Average Grade 11 Single track natural surface dirt and rock trail that runs along the east side of the park Terrain is varied and sections of the trail are rugged and may be difficult for inexperienced trail users Restricted to Hikers Only from Hortter Street to the Thomas Mill Road Covered Bridge White Trail 4 39 Miles Average width 3 feet Max obstacle height 24 inches Average Grade 10 Single track natural surface dirt and rock trail that runs along the east side of the park Terrain is varied with occasional steep technical climbs Sections of the trail are rugged and may be difficult for inexperienced trail users Yellow Trail 7 89 Miles Average width 3 feet Max obstacle height 24 inches Average Grade 9 Single track natural surface dirt and rock trail that runs on the west side of the park Terrain is varied with occasional steep technical climbs Good to Know FOW s friendly and knowledgeable Trail Ambassadors lead hikes throughout the park Check out our events calendar for a schedule Running While runners can be spotted on Wissahickon Valley Park s upper trails most prefer Forbidden Drive the wide flat gravel trail that parallels the creek for five miles between Northwestern Avenue and Lincoln Drive Trail runners seeking the challenge of steeper grades and very rugged trail surfaces brave the upper trails Runners should expect to share the trail with bicycles and horses on Forbidden Drive as well as the Yellow and White Trails and the Orange Trail Several local running clubs including the Wissahickon Wanderers and the Shawmont Running Club host running events in the Park Biking Many bikers use Forbidden Drive a flat gravel path with easy grades that is suitable for most types of bicycles Additionally the Yellow Trail the White Trail and almost all access trails from the outside of the park are open to cyclists Expect to share trails with pedestrians and equestrians please be respectful and yield accordingly Philadelphia Parks Recreation PPR requires that bikers using the upper trails secure a trail permit To obtain a permit visit PPR s website Read trail use regulations here Horseback Riding Whoa Nellie Did you know Forbidden Drive and most upper trails allow horseback riding See FOW s trail map Philadelphia Parks Recreation PPR requires that equestrians using the upper trails secure a trail permit To obtain a permit visit PPR s website Read trail use regulations here There are three public stables in the Wissahickon where horses can be boarded and lessons are offered Courtesy Stable Roxborough offers lessons for all ages and levels Monastery Stables West Mount Airy offers horsemanship programs for all ages and levels Those who do not own a horse can ride by joining the Philadelphia Saddle Club which boards its horses at this stable Northwestern Equestrian Facility Chestnut Hill offers lessons for all ages and levels Fishing Stocked with trout each spring the Wissahickon Creek is perfect for spin and fly fishing The creek is an Approved Trout

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  • The Wissahickon Gorge « Friends of Wissahickon
    steep wooded hillsides where the region s rich history is represented in the park s many beautiful sculptures and historic structures including Philadelphia s only remaining covered bridge History The Wissahickon Valley once served as the hunting and fishing grounds of the Lenni Lenape It later became the site of more than 25 mills that were built along its banks in the 1800s and numerous taverns and roadhouses were built along the Wissahickon Turnpike now known as Forbidden Drive The Wissahickon Valley Park has been celebrated in poetry and in paintings In 1868 Fairmount Park acquired the 1 800 acres of the Wissahickon Valley to preserve the purity of the city s water supply Mills and taverns were demolished but the dams remained telling the story of the industry that was once there Today the Wissahickon Valley is one of the most wild places in the City of Philadelphia and is visited by over 1 million people each year Events Apr 30th Creek Cleanup Apr 30th Woodland Wildflower hike with Don Simon Susan Simon and Lisa Kolker Apr 30th Kid Friendly Hike with Marv Schwartz View more events News 2016 Biennial Wissahickon Photo Contest News April 11 2016 Walnut Lane

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  • Rules, Hours & Permits « Friends of Wissahickon
    rules Swimming is prohibited Dogs must be on a leash at all times The least must be no more than 6 feet long Littering and dumping are prohibited When using park trails stay on designated park trails Also using motor vehicles on park trails is prohibited The park curfew is 1 a m Alcohol is prohibited Using bicycles is only allowed on trails designated for bicycling Cyclists must yield to the right of way of pedestrians on footpaths except during an organized bike race Park users may not cut down or remove any trees or plants in the park If you want to have a gathering of more than 75 people you will need to get a permit from the Department of Parks and Recreation If you would like to ride your horse in the park you must have a Trail User Permit from the Department of Parks and Recreation Events Apr 30th Creek Cleanup Apr 30th Woodland Wildflower hike with Don Simon Susan Simon and Lisa Kolker Apr 30th Kid Friendly Hike with Marv Schwartz View more events News 2016 Biennial Wissahickon Photo Contest News April 11 2016 Walnut Lane Bridge to Close for Six Months News March 29

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  • Plants & Wildlife « Friends of Wissahickon
    along roadsides and meadows They typically make nests of grasses leaves and bark strips in dense shrubs a few feet from the ground A neotropical migrant it winters in Cuba or Central America Wood Duck Aix sponsa The male wood duck is one of the most colorful waterfowl These birds live in wooded swamps streams and ponds nesting in holes in trees or in nest boxes installed along the water s edge They are one of the few duck species who can grip bark and perch on branches Eastern Box Turtle Terrapene carolina carolina These turtles are found in moderately moist bottomland deciduous forests and prefer areas with wet leaves and moist soil Box turtles are omnivores enjoying fruits berries mushrooms flowers grasses and even worms snails and beetles Some individual turtles may live for more than 100 years Hickory Horned Devil Citheronia regalis This species is the caterpillar larval stage of the regal moth one of the largest and most spectacular moths in the eastern U S This caterpillar is most commonly found on hickory walnut sweetgum and sumac trees and is observed when it is full grown and descending from trees in search of a site for pupation cocoon stage Northern Two Lined Salamander Eurycea bislineata This amphibian is a common greenish yellow to yellowish orange salamander with a black or brown line running from each if its eyes to its tail Its underside is yellow It prefers shallow stream banks or hillside seeps with sandy to gravel soil It is one of our most common stream salamanders Northern Water Snake Nerodia sipedon sipedon A non venomous species this snake is found in a variety of aquatic habitats such as lakes ponds rivers streams and wet meadows While they may be found under rocks or logs they are

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