wissahickon creek, forbidden drive

by Kenny H August. 12, 2015 1885 views

Deep in Northwest Philadelphia, 1,800 acres of heavily wooded Wissahickon Valley Park (part of Philadelphia's 10,500-acre park system, one of the largest urban park systems in the world. ) lies a trail called Forbidden Drive. It parallels a creek also called Wissahickon.
Although it has no vehicle traffic, the double wide gravel path is full of traffic none the less. Not to make it sound so foreign, but in a city where we mostly stick to ourselves almost to a point where we can be oblivious, everyone, and I mean EVERYONE greets you. Joggers, mother's pushing strollers, hikers, all say good morning, good afternoon, etc. Just today I encountered an elderly pipe smoking gent, and he gave me a brief history of Dobb's hats. (Yes, be recognized mine from far away), wished me a great day, and was on his way.
Lots to see on this 7 mile long trail, like deer, rabbit, occasional horseback rider, even remnants of a colonial structure that has since been reclaimed by the earth. But what you'll remember most - the sound of the creek. Even when it curves into the distance and comes back in, that distinct sound of rushing water.
It's drop dead peaceful here, and today I came here just to kill some time.
I may come back and show you more real soon.

Couldn't really photograph the outside of this covered bridge it was covered in too many branches…

Seven miles of twists and turns…

…and the occasional clearing.

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Olga Helys 5 years, 5 months ago

WOOOOOOOOOOOW
Wonderful places
Great report - Thanks

5 years, 5 months ago Edited
Sara G 5 years, 5 months ago

Wonderful post! I would love to stroll there too..great bridge shot. Beautiful scenes.

5 years, 5 months ago Edited
Mike Meliska 5 years, 5 months ago

Great set, love the bridge shot.

5 years, 5 months ago Edited
Antonio Gil 5 years, 5 months ago

I was expecting to see Clint and Meryl at the exit of the bridge. Wonderful place.

5 years, 5 months ago Edited
Stefan Fletcher 5 years, 5 months ago

Charming pictures and fascinating story. Thanks for sharing them.

5 years, 5 months ago Edited
Gillian Parsons 5 years, 5 months ago

Would love to re visit this place sounds enchanting and friendly.

5 years, 5 months ago Edited
Marilyn Grimble 5 years, 5 months ago

Do revisit Ken.
Reminds of Bridges of Madison County!
Romantic!

5 years, 5 months ago Edited
Jay Boggess 5 years, 5 months ago

What a precious resource to have nearby! Lovely captures. Love to see more!

5 years, 5 months ago Edited
Kontheroad - 5 years, 5 months ago

The place seems to be very nice to spend a holiday in summer.
I envy you because my summer vacation was cancelled :-)
I like #2 especially.

5 years, 5 months ago Edited
Bee 5 years, 5 months ago

Sounds wonderful! Look forward to seeing more of this beautiful place.

5 years, 5 months ago Edited
Dan Ravasio 5 years, 5 months ago

This is where I live. My apartment is 1/4 mile from all of this beauty.... great work in capturing its beauty Ken.....

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