If you are looking for something active to do with your family this weekend, look no further than Philadelphia’s Forbidden Drive. Named the Best Trail in Pennsylvania for 2018 by Pennsylvania’s Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, this treasure trove of scenery is certainly at the top of my list for best places to take in the fall season. It is a 5 mile trail that runs mostly along the Wissahickon Creek, with convenient entrances along it’s path.
Last weekend, on a brisk fall morning, our son woke up early and my husband had the idea to get coffee and walk along the trail. We arrived at the Northwestern Avenue entrance (by Chestnut Hill College) and parked there. When you go, you’ll see a variety of people; families, people walking their dogs, running clubs, etc…the trail is very wide so there is room for everyone.
You’ll enjoy lots of great sight seeing. From falls along the stream to covered bridges, the trail is rich in history and pristinely maintained by the Friends of the Wissahickon Trail.
We stopped many times to admire the surroundings.
Mostly, we let him explore, collecting leaves and watching the waterfalls. I remember coming here as a child with my family, and my husband used to run along the trails with his friends in high school, so it was a great moment to be able to show our son this gorgeous piece of Philadelphia.
Parking at the Northwestern Avenue entrance has other benefits too. Like ending with a breakfast at the iconic Bruno’s Restaurant, a Philly staple not to be missed.
I hope you enjoy this idea for Fall family fun as much as we did. Be sure to share your stories if you make it to the trail. I would love to hear about your experience!