It’s fall foliage season, and trees everywhere are turning vibrant red, yellow, and orange. Now is a great time to plan an adventure to your favorite park or explore a trail you haven’t visited before. GoPhillyGo is the best way to get easy biking, walking, and transit directions to parks and trails and enjoying some valuable time outdoors.
Being outside improves your mental and physical health. We know you appreciate nature, and want to make it easy for you to enjoy this time of year without the stress of traffic or parking.
We made a list of some of our favorite places to see the fall foliage, but you can download the GoPhillyGo Android app or save the mobile site to your home screen to plan trips to even more great parks and trails near you and across the region.
Wear a mask when you visit parks and trails, and make sure to maintain a safe social distance from other trail users. Every time you walk, ride a bike, or ride public transit, you are doing your part to reduce air pollution, so leave the car behind and let GoPhillyGo help you enjoy this colorful time of year.
Schuylkill River Trail
The Schuylkill River Trail gives you a fantastic view of the fall foliage along the Schuylkill River and connects Philadelphia and Montgomery County. You can access the trail from various points between Christian Street and the Philadelphia Museum of Art, or take a bus to Wissahickon Transportation Center and head west through Manayunk and into Montgomery County. You can also take SEPTA bus route 125 from Center City to Valley Forge National Historical Park for amazing views of the foliage and access to the SRT and Perkiomen Trail in Montgomery County.
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Click here to explore the SRT in Montgomery County
Tacony Creek Park
Take a walk or bring your bike to this fantastic urban park that connects Montgomery County to the Juniata neighborhood in North Philadelphia. The paved greenway has numerous gateways along its length and natural trails leading to beautiful views of Tacony Creek. The dense forest might make you feel like you are miles away from the city, but each gateway leads to transit with connections to nearby hubs.
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The Pennypack Trail winds through forests along Pennypack Creek in Northeast Philadelphia and Montgomery County. This amazing greenway connects several parks and recreational areas along this historic creek and is perfect for an easy walk or a challenging bike ride. The section in Philadelphia is paved, but you can head west to parks like Lorimer Park in Montgomery County on a gravel trail. Pennypack on the Delaware, at the southern trailhead is the most transit accessible destination to get on the trail, but numerous gateways and transit connections exist along the entire length.
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Wissahickon Valley Park
Wissahickon Valley Park is the perfect park to check out the fall foliage. The Ridge Avenue Gateway has the most transit connections, but you can access the park from many other points throughout Northwest Philadelphia. Follow the award winning Forbidden Drive along the west side of the Wissahickon Creek for a relaxing walk or bike ride. The trails on the east side are a little more challenging, but will get you to unique destinations like Fingerspan Bridge and the Tedyuscung and Toleration statues. The orange and white trails will immerse you in the full display of fall colors as you hike along the cliffs.
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Cobbs Creek Park
Cobbs Creek Park and the 4.2 mile paved greenway are great places to see the vibrant fall colors, and the best part is you can access the trail at the 63rd Street Market-Frankford El station. Disembark here and head south to Cobbs Creek Community Environmental Center and historic Mount Moriah Cemetery. You can also access an unpaved trail that follows Cobbs Creek at Spruce Street. Head north and explore the waterfall in Haddington Woods.
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