Escape the city this Valentine’s Day for a walk in Philly’s woods.

The Wissahickon Is for Lovers

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February, 2020

Photo by Don Macavoy

Just beyond the city’s art museums and skyscrapers, find Philadelphia’s most wild place—Wissahickon Valley. Once the hunting and fishing ground of the Lenni Lenape people, it became a site of mills and inns in the 1800s—some which stand preserved today.

This Valentine’s Day, explore the lower valley on a guided morning walking tour with master naturalist Kris Soffa. See the creek, “Lover’s Leap” rocky outcropping, and Forbidden Drive—an old gravel turnpike-turned-pedestrian route. Dress in layers, bring a snack, and plan to walk 2.5 miles roundtrip. Online registration required (

Following the hike, continue on Forbidden Drive to see relics of the milling era and Philadelphia’s only remaining covered bridge. Originally built in 1737, it’s the only covered bridge still standing within a major city in the United States.

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