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You Don't Need a Car to See the Fall Foliage

The entire region is bursting with shades of red, yellow, and orange that signify the fall season has arrived. Parks in Philadelphia are starting to show those colors, and we want you to enjoy this enhanced natural experience before it’s all gone. Plan a long bike ride with friends along the Schuylkill River Trail, or take a Train to Pennypack Park in Northeast Philadelphia. 

The GoPhillyGo Android app and mobile site makes it easy to get directions to tons of great destinations. We made a list of some of our favorite places to get out in nature and see the fall foliage, and make sure you check out the GoPhillyGo events page for fall themed programming. If you like the fall colors, then you appreciate nature. Double down on your commitment to sustainability and let GoPhillyGo help you leave the car behind.

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. Click here for directions to Wissahickon Transportation Center and here for more info about the SRT in Philadelphia.

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. Click here for more info about Tacony Creek Park.

Pennypack Park

The nine-mile 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 County 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. Click here for directions to Pennypack on the Delaware.

Wissahickon Valley Park

Wissahickon Valley Park is the perfect park to check out the fall foliage. 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 Yedyuscung and Toleration statues. The orange and white trails will immerse you in the full display of fall colors as you hike along the cliffs. Click here to get directions to Wissahickon Valley Park.

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. Click here for directions to Cobbs Creek Park.