Wissahickon Valley Park

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AVERAGE RATING
*****
4.50 out of 5
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Intermediate
14
miles

Singletrack
↑ 2,100 ft
↓ 2,200 ft
138
elevation (ft)

Loop
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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Trail Q&A
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Q: It says not all trails allow mountain bikes. Are there signs that clearly indicate that? -Guest

A: Yes, there is a post at the beginning of each trail that branches out of the valley. It will either have a bicycle on it, or have a bicycle with a red X on it telling you if bike are allowed or not

Guest answered on May 5, 2016. Did you find this helpful? Yes | No

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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.

Sam Gottesman answered on May 24, 2015. Did you find this helpful? Yes | No

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Reviews (24)
 

Granny Gear

March 27, 2016
BigBenG Granny Gear  
 
Review: Went riding here for the first time and was pleasantly surprised at how technical and enjoyable the trails are! Lots of tight single track with log crossings, tree roots, rock gardens, and some steep hill climbs. For being so close to the city this place is a gem!

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Granny Gear

January 9, 2016
peteralt Granny Gear  
 
Review: I've been riding here for about a year now and the fact that it's so close to the city is a huge plus. I'm trying to explore new segments every time and I'm sure I haven't found all trails yet. This year we finally got some maps in the park, making it much easier to navigate. (You can still purchase a map and take it with you, but it lacks But truth be told, the labeling of the trails is still lacking, so it's easy to get lost at an intersection of trails.
Getting there by car is crazy, there are so many small parking lots that are so hard to find, getting there from the city by bike is super simple, there's a bike path that directly leads to the Wiss.
I really like the concept of forbidden drive, you can go all out on the trails and then loop back onto forbidden drive to take a breath before you take another trail.

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Granny Gear

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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Trailblazer


April 9, 2015
djf500 Trailblazer  
 
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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Bunny Hop

September 6, 2014
elevenses Bunny Hop  
 
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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Gramcounter

January 16, 2014
fretter34 Gramcounter  
 
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 22, 2013
Guest   
 
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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Granny Gear

October 1, 2012
cpt880 Granny Gear  
 
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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Granny Gear

August 8, 2012
philly19 Granny Gear  
 
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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Granny Gear

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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Wissahickon Valley Park MTB Trail 4.50 out of 5 based on 24 ratings. 24 user reviews.
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