Summary: This pleasant little hike explores the historically significant lands of Fort Washington State Park. In the fall of 1777 this area became the encampment of some 12,000 of Gen. George Washington's men after their defeat at the battle of Germantown. They successfully defended these highlands for several months before moving on to Valley Forge.
I began this hike by taking the Green Ribbon Preserve Trail which follows Wissahickon Creek north from the parking area. At the Militia Hill Day use area, I left this trail to check out the Hawk watch platform built atop the south side of the hill. Along the way, I observed a blue heron, goldfinches at the park birdfeeders, and many whitetail deer. I was pleased with how secluded the woods felt. In fact, I saw no other hikers on the trail the whole day. This is all the more surprising, when one considers that the State Park is just beyond Philadelphia's city limits.
Trailhead: From I-276 (Pennsylvania Turnpike): Take Exit 339 to Rt. 309 South. Take 309 South to Rt. 73 (Church Rd.). Make a right onto Rt. 73, then a quick left onto East Mill Rd., which soon becomes West Mill Rd. Take West Mill Rd. west to Stenton Avenue and make a right. Make a quick right onto West Valley Green Rd. There is a parking area on the right in about 0.6 mi., across from the Philadelphia Cricket Club. (Lat:40.10638 Lon:-75.22529)
Trail Guides for Fort Washington State Park:
Best Seasons: Year-Round
User Groups: Hikers, Dogs, Horses,
Ranger Contact: Fort Washington State Park, 215-591-5250
Localhikes Reporter: This hike was submitted by Jeremy Taitelbaum, who has posted 9 other hikes on this site
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Reviewed by Howard on 9/4/2008
Some changes since the review was posted: the trail has been paved and is now very popular with cyclists of all ages. Once the trail enters Ft. Washington State Park, the paving ends and the quiet returns. Even with the crowds, it was a pleasant hike, with many birds to be seen, even a blue heron.
Reviewed by Larry on 11/5/2006
Nice trails but not well marked.
Reviewed by Katie on 9/5/2004
**Correction to directions- make a right on Rt. 73 West (Church Road), not North. Overall, a pleasant hike which winds along the Wissahickon Creek. The trail was a bit muddy in spots but generally in good condition. Many birds and deer were spotted and best of all, few people!
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