The Green Ribbon Trail and Preserve was designated by the Pennsylvania Chapter of the American Planning Association as one of the 2022 Great Places in Pennsylvania in the category of Great Greenways and Trails. Great Places, like the Green Ribbon Trail, have a sustainable vision for the future and serve as a model for other communities.
The 12.6-mile Green Ribbon Trail follows the Wissahickon Creek and travels through 578 acres of preserved land in six townships and two boroughs. This scenic and much-used trail has evolved over a period of 50 years with guidance from a Master Plan and the collaboration of Wissahickon Trails, municipalities, and private landowners. Diverse landscapes and habitats, as well as historical structures and interpretative signage, are found along the Trail, which provide for scenic views, a glimpse of the past, and opportunities for on-trail education. Nine parking areas and 18 walk-in access points connect the Trail to adjacent neighborhoods and other preserves. Additionally, the Green Ribbon Trail is accessible from four train stations and connects to the Crossways and Penllyn Pike Trails. It is used by local residents and visitors of all ages for running, walking, birding, horseback riding, sports training, and more. Planned hikes and nature programs occur on a regular basis. Wissahickon Trails has a strong commitment to sustain this vital regional asset, which spurs local economies and promotes community pride, through its staff, a volunteer Conservation Crew, partnerships, and philanthropic efforts.