Events In The Watershed

Walk the Wissahickon

Saturday, September 28 at 12:00 pm


All Hikers

B)2021 Jamie Stewarti
Registration opening summer 2024

Discover nature and the trails in your backyard.

Walk the Wissahickon, our signature event running for 27 years, showcases the heart of our mission – the Green Ribbon Trail and Wissahickon Creek. Choose the distance you want to walk, from 5, 8, 14 or 21 miles, and experience the beauty of the Green Ribbon Trail in Montgomery County and Forbidden Drive in Philadelphia. Wissahickon Trails’ staff and volunteers will lead you along the natural, mostly unpaved, trail through diverse wetlands, woodlands, and meadows as you follow the Wissahickon Creek. All funds raised support Wissahickon Trails efforts to protect and restore the Wissahickon Creek and surrounding trails for the entire community to enjoy.



Includes snacks, lunch at Four Mills Barn, bus transportation and t-shirt (while supplies last)

NOTE:On the payment page you will see the option to "pay it forward" which allows you to add-on additional registration fees. Help your neighbors join in this community event. 


Community Funded Registrations Available

If you would like to participate in Walk the Wissahickon but the cost is keeping you from doing so, there are currently free registrations available. All Walk the Wissahickon amenities are included and participation in community funded registrations is voluntary and confidential. Email if you have any questions.



All walks start at 8am at Parkside Place in Upper Gwynedd. All hike lengths are approximate. Course Map

  • 5-mile walk – End at Penllyn Woods (Lower Gwynedd Township)
  • 8-mile walk – End at Four Mills Nature Reserve and historic Barn (Ambler)
  • 14-mile walk – End at Morris Arboretum (Whitemarsh Township)
  • 21-mile walk - End at Philadelphia Canoe Club (Manayunk)

While we know walkers will spread out due to the nature of the trail & conditions, participants are asked to keep with the pace of their selected group. This helps us stay on track with our schedule for police-assisted road crossings and bus pickups. The average pace is approximately a 20-minute mile for the 14 & 21-mile group, and a 30-minute mile for the 5 & 8 mile group. 



  • No dogs, strollers, or wheeled vehicles
  • Rain or shine
  • All walks stay together with several staff and volunteer leaders throughout the pack
  • Average pace: 20-minute mile for the 14 & 21-mile walk; 30-minute mile for the 5 & 8-mile walk
  • Support teams available to carry extra gear and help at road crossings
  • All participants will be bussed back to Parkside Place, Upper Gwynedd
  • The 5 & 8-mile course is mostly on a natural, unpaved trail and you will encounter stepping stone crossings and bridges along the way. The 14 & 21-mile course continues on a section of paved trail through Fort Washington State Park with the 21-mile walk finishing on the paved trail through Forbidden Drive.


Event Details
  • Location

    Parkside Place, 1 Parkside Pl, North Wales, PA 19454

  • Contact

    Event Manager: Lisa Hansell,

  • Google Maps

  • Parking

    Parkside Place Parking Lot

  • Price

    $35 through 9/1; $40 9/2-9/28; $45 - day of event

  • Other Info

    Volunteer Contact: Alex McWhorter,

Thank you 2023 Sponsors