Thanks to its particularly immersive natural setting, Wissahickon Valley Park has placed among the top ten city parks in the United States, writes Andrew Douglas for the World Atlas.
While it is predominantly set in Northwest Philadelphia, the park includes the Wissahickon Creek from its confluence with the Schuylkill River to the eastern Montgomery County border.
Throughout its lush, 1,800-acre gorge, the park boasts more than 50-miles of well-blazed trails of varying difficulties. Hikers, joggers, and mountain bikers can enjoy serene forests and pleasing meadows before reaching Wissahickon Creek’s edges.
The park is also a great spot for anglers as the creek is restocked with trout each spring.
Horse-riding aficionados can partake in their favorite activity along Forbidden Drive, the low-lying gravel road that follows the creek. Horseback riding is also permitted along most of the higher elevation trails.
Thanks to its many attractions, Wissahickon Valley Park is visited by more than 1.1 million people each year.
Read more about Wissahickon Valley Park in the World Atlas.