Administration Joins in Celebration of ‘Trail of the Year’ Honors
Philadelphia, PA – Today,
Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn
joined Friends of the Wissahickon and City of
Philadelphia officials in celebrating designation of Forbidden Drive as
Pennsylvania’s 2018 Trail of the Year. Paralleling Wissahickon
Creek, the trail is a focal point of Wissahickon
Valley Park, within the city’s Fairmount Park system.
“Though we are just miles from Center City Philadelphia,
Forbidden Drive has long been an avenue traveled by so many to a new world
of outdoor adventure and discovery,” Dunn said. “Generations have been
drawn to this bucolic valley where the drive follows Wissahickon
Creek through miles of unspoiled woodlands.”
Forbidden Drive has generated sustained DCNR support as a
rare and unique urban trail that draws more than 1.1 million users
annually. Visiting hikers, bikers, and anglers patronize related businesses
located along trailheads in the Chestnut Hill and Roxborough
sections of Philadelphia. DCNR has invested almost $1 million in projects
benefitting the National Recreation Trail.
“We're thrilled that the beautiful and historic Forbidden
Drive has been named Trail of the Year,” said Maura McCarthy, executive
director of Friends of the Wissahickon. “The name
belies this urban oasis that welcomes visitors of all ages on foot, bikes,
or horseback to enjoy the wonders of nature that Friends of the Wissahickon work to conserve.”
Pennsylvania is a leader in trail development, providing
its citizens and visitors with more than 11,000 miles of trails across the
commonwealth to enjoy, from gentle pathways threading through miles of
preserved greenways, to remote, rugged trails scaling the state’s rugged
Each year, the Pennsylvania Trails Advisory Committee
designates a Trail of the Year to help build enthusiasm and support for
both large and small trails and raise public awareness about the value of
Pennsylvania’s trail network.
Friends of the Wissahickon
(FOW) works in partnership with Philadelphia Parks and Recreation,
organizations, and volunteers to maintain the park and its trails. Today,
the Wissahickon Valley is viewed as among the
most natural places in the City of Philadelphia, and is visited by more
than 1 million people each year.
In 2017, DCNR and the Pennsylvania Trails Advisory
Committee named Montour Trail in Allegheny and Washington counties as
Pennsylvania’s Trail of the Year.
For more information on Forbidden Drive -- named long ago
when it was closed to motor vehicles -- visit the FOW website.
For more information about Pennsylvania
trails, visit the Explore PA Trails website. More than 600 trails covering almost 12,000 miles in
Pennsylvania are featured on the site.
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