Run the Wissahickon – An Urban Jewell

“You can take the kid out of the city, but you can’t take the city out of the kid.” – Unknown

In 2012 I created the Art of Running to share photos I’d take of urban art–things like murals, sculptures, and architecture–during my early morning runs in downtown Philadelphia. But my hometown is diverse and I want to share with you a different side of the city, what in my opinion is the best damn urban park in the country–Wissahickon Park. The Wissahickon is a smorgasbord of hiking, cycling and horseback riding trails that rise from both sides of the Wissahickon Creek. Forbidden Drive, a wide 6.5-mile cinder trail runs the length of the park with a historic carriage house, the Valley Green Inn, nestled along its side.

The pictures of the Wissahickon below will leave you in disbelief that you are only a short jaunt from center city, or as they say everywhere else in the world, the city center. Come along for a run with me and Bella on the trails of the Wissahickon.


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Valley Green

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Can you believe you are in the city with the fifth largest population in the United States?



About Jim Brennan

Jim is a Philadelphia-based writer, author, poet and editor for the Schuylkill Valley Journal.
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