Fairmount Park Conservancy offers opportunities to get into the woods and discover some of the hidden gems of our park system with a wonderful hike leader, Brad Maule. Enjoy unique hikes through exciting parts of the park you may have not explored before. Please note that these are moderately challenging hikes and we strongly encourage the use of proper hiking shoes and packing yourself plenty of water and snacks for the journey!
$10 for non-members
Free for members of Fairmount Park Conservancy (membership starts at $35/year and includes year-round events).
Please note that different dates correspond to different places in the park!
CONFLUENCE HIKE: Sunday, August 26 10:00am - 1:00pm
***This hike was originally scheduled for Saturday, August 4 and was postponed due to rain to Sunday, August 26***
Meets at 4900 Ridge Ave Parking Lot
The lowest reach of the Wissahickon is lined with magic as it heads into the Schuylkill. This hike sews together geography, industrial history, mystic monks, Norman Rockwell, and a park that doesn’t exist yet with the same thread. Total length is around 4.5 miles and 2.5 hours; there are some challenging hills, so bundle up, bring water (and a snack), and wear sturdy boots, ready to hit the trail. We’ll meet at 10am at the Fairmount Park parking lot at 4900 Ridge Avenue, next to the Wissahickon Transportation Center. Ride your bike—it’s right where the Schuylkill River and Wissahickon Bike Trails come together. Ride the SEPTA Manayunk/Norristown Line—trains from Center City arrive at Wissahickon station just up the hill. Ride a bus—11 bus lines stop at the Wissahickon Transportation Center next door. Or drive—it’s a parking lot!
UPPER WISSAHICKON HIKE: Sunday, September 23rd 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
NOTE: This hike has been rescheduled from Sept. 9 to September 23rd.
Meet at Cedars House
Walk through meadows, climb steep hills, and take in some local history on this 5-mile, three-hour hike in the upper end of the Wissahickon.
NEW! CHESTNUT HILL LOOP: Saturday, November 3rd from 10am - 1:00pm
Meets at Chestnut Hill West Train Station.
Ride the rail and hit the trail. We'll begin this hike at Chestnut Hill West train station and walk 10 minutes through the highest elevation in Philadelphia on our way to the Lavender Trail. From there, we'll descend into the Wissahickon Valley and follow the creek it's named for along rugged hiking trails to Valley Green Inn. After a short break (and maybe an ice cream cone), we'll turn around and follow Forbidden Drive, the 2018 Pennsylvania Trail of the Year, past a centuries-old dam and an ancient drinking fountain on our way back to Chestnut Hill. Riding the train is strongly encouraged - SEPTA's Chestnut Hill West Line drops you off at the beginning of the hike. The 23, 77, and L buses also stop here. If you drive, the Chestnut Hill Parking Foundation's purple lot is the closest to the station. You might also find street parking on Hilltop Road.
MT. AIRY'S GREATEST HITS: Sunday, December 9th 10:00am - 1:00pm
Meets at Allen Lane Train Station.
Head for the Wissahickon and join Brad Maule for a loop hike of the park's greatest hits. We'll descend the Cresheim Valley, stop at Devil's Pool, cross Fingerspan, and come back into civilization through Carpenter's Woods. Meet at Allen Lane train station. Ride the Chestnut Hill West Line there, or you can bike or drive. Parking is available on Cresheim Road, Nippon Street, and Mt Airy Ave near Allen Lane train station. Please do NOT park in the train station, as it is used for the High Point Café inside.
Becoming a member is easy and starts at $35/individual or $100/family of 4 for the year - sign up here!