Rugged, Mystic, Historic: Introduction to the Wissahickon

Weekend Tour

Friends of the Wissahickon and Fairmount Park Conservancy are teaming up to lead this tour of the famous Wissahickon Valley Park and its connections to Fairmount Park and the region’s trail network. The Wissahickon is a beloved, historic 1,800-acre park centered around the dramatic gorge formed by the Wissahickon Creek on its seven-mile journey through northwest Philadelphia. 

The creek’s confluence with the Schuylkill River is an important node connecting the Wissahickon, Fairmount Park, and the Philadelphia region’s vast trail network through a congested traffic hub that also has a promising future. Highlights of this southernmost section of the park include a mountainous staircase, a mystic monk from the 1600s, two very large bridges, the site of a famous scene in a 1981 film starring John Travolta, and lunch on the porch of an 1840’s mansion in the park. 

Please note: Wear suitable footwear for walking/hiking on natural surfaces.

Tour Leaders

Ruffian Tittmann

Executive Director, Friends of the Wissahickon

Brad Maule

Photographer and Writer