Wissahickon Valley Park

4.50 out of 5
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↑ 5,900 ft
↓ 6,700 ft
elevation (ft)

Trail Description
About this trail
There is a multi-use flat trail that runs the length of the park. This provides access to the many trails that climb out of the valley. The trails are well marked and not all trails allow mountain bikes. The trails are primarily intermediate to expert and have plenty of both up and down hill sections. This is not really a trail for beginners, but a beginner can always walk the more difficult areas. There are some sweet single-track areas, rock gardens, logs, jumps... Overall this is one of the best Trails in the Philadelpha area
added by usrtjewBunny Hop October 4, 2007
Trail Features
Trail features
  • Lift Service
  • Drinking Water
  •   Night Riding
  • Pump Track
  • Restrooms
  • Winter Fat Biking
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Q: How do you get to it? The directions on here take you to a horse stable, I couldn't find the trail. I found a lot with trail access, the forbidden drive upper lot, apparently there is a lot near the valley green in, you cannot park at the inn. -Victor DiLorenzo

A: There are a number of trailheads along the entire length of the park. One good one is if you park at the Bells Mills lots (where forbidden drive and Bells Mills meet). From there you can access the trail on either side of the creek.

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Reviews (22)

June 30, 2015
Review: This is my home trail so I'm a bit biased, but the Wiss is an amazing trail system. The fact that it's located in the middle of Philly puts it on another level. If you're in the area, it's a must ride. The trails range from flowing double track to technical and grinding climbs with some great descents. I highly recommend starting at the Rittenhouse Town trailhead and riding counter clockwise.

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April 9, 2015
Review: Great in-city trails. Lots of double track with some good single track mixed in. Some big climbs and DH's. Can ride it both directions. As a local, I can get 23.5 quality miles of trails at Wiss w/ over 3,000 feet of elevation. Best to ride early since there's lots of hikers, other bikers and some horses.

Similar Trail: Brandywine

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September 6, 2014
Review: The Wiss is truly amazing considering its proximity to Philly, but I don't think it's amazing enough to warrant 5 stars. It ranges from fast and flowy at the meadow on the NW side of the creek near Bell's Mill Rd to extremely rocky and technical with lots of drops at the Indian Stairs on the SE side between Bell's Mill Rd and Valley Green Rd. It's basically 15 miles of steep, rocky climbs alternating with equally steep and rocky descents with a bit of flow, a few jumps, a couple stream crossings, log rides etc. thrown in for fun. The soil has tons of schist and drains very well after the rain but the trail erodes very rapidly so something is different every time I go. I've been riding the Wiss for a year now and I still haven't cleaned everything in the park. Not a good place to take a beginner but if you've got a bit of experience under your belt and you're looking for a challenge right in the city, look no further than the Wiss.

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January 16, 2014
Review: I've only ridden the outer rim of trail. It was a nice ride. I dipped into the technical stuff a tiny bit...seems like it will be a challenge!! I will definitely be riding this place when it gets warmer.

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September 21, 2013
Review: Rode here for the first time today. Nice conditions on the trails off of the main trail. Meadows trail was awesome, quite a bit of loose rocks on the dh of one section.

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September 30, 2012
Review: this is a awesome trail. it is well maintained and lots of fun to ride. it is not really aimed towards beginners but you could walk over the more difficult parts. over all great trail, and very fun to ride

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August 8, 2012
Review: Really fun trail with some tough climbs. Beware that all the rocks are lose. That will make your climbs hard as you spin out or get pushed off your line. That will also make the downhill tricky as your tires will want to washout or send you over the bars. Use good judgement and have fun ripping through these trails. They are a ton of fun and a must if you are in the Philly area!!

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May 23, 2012
Review: Love this trail. I head here at 6 am about once a week before work. Loads of fun. Plus with the Forbidden Drive always close, you can always head back easily.

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January 29, 2012
Review: The Wiss!! Havent been here in a while and it was exactly as i remembered. Steep, rocky, technical. Still my favorite place to ride in the Philadelphia, South/Central Jersey area.

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November 5, 2011
Review: The 'Wiss' offers some really fantastic single track, especially considering you can easily ride there from center city. Forbidden Drive is a scenic gravel road (closed to vehicular traffic) that follows Wissahickon Creek as it cuts through the park. The Hills that rise up on either side from the creek have trails that loosely follow the creek through the park. Because of this its hard to get lost. Both sides are awesome but I tend to ride the West side more. It is nice to be able to ride both sides when time permits. Some of the descents are a blast. Nice trails for different skill levels - for more of a challenge simply ride faster and for longer. Here is a typical ride I like to do when there are time constraints: http://www.mapmyride.com/routes/view/41794324

* Review edited 11/5/2011

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Wissahickon Valley Park MTB Trail 4.50 out of 5 based on 22 ratings. 22 user reviews.
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