SEGMENT 1: Wissahickon Trail Connection Between Morris Arboretum and Forbidden Drive​

There has been a long-standing effort and desire to connect the Wissahickon Trail between the Morris Arboretum, where a portion of the trail currently ends near its entrance on Northwestern Avenue, and the northern end of Forbidden Drive in Wissahickon Valley Park (see 1998 plan in link below). While the distance may be short between these two points (0.6 miles), there are challenges and multiple options for making the connection. This study aims to develop concept-level plans for a preferred alternative based on feedback from the many important stakeholders involved. The map above indicates the two points along the Wissahickon Trail that we are striving to connect.


An important element of making this trail connection involves input from the public, and we look forward to hearing your ideas and suggestions. Let us know your thoughts on the project through our online comment form.

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Wissahickon Trail Study-Aerial Context Map


Please join us at a virtual public meeting on July 29, 2021 6:30 - 8:30 PM. Click here for more information and to preregister.


Stakeholders and Interested Parties

Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia
Bruno’s Restaurant
Chestnut Hill College
Chestnut Hill Community Association
Chestnut Hill Conservancy
Congregation of the Sisters of St. Joseph
Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission (DVRPC)
Erdenheim Farm
Friends of the Wissahickon
Lincoln Woods Apartments 
Morris Arboretum 
Mount Saint Joseph Academy
Northwestern Stables
PennDOT District 6-0
Philadelphia Office of Transportation, Infrastructure, and Sustainability (OTIS)
Philadelphia Parks and Recreation 
Philadelphia Streets Department
Springfield Township
The Cedars House 
The Circuit Trails
Whitemarsh Township

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