Friends of the Wissahickon Now Issuing Philadelphia Natural Surface Trail Permits   

Valid Permits Required to Ride Wissahickon Trails


All equestrians and bicyclists over the age of 16 are required to display a valid City of Philadelphia Natural Surface Trails Permit to use the upper trails of Wissahickon Valley Park (and the soft trails of Pennypack Park). The permits are meant to promote riders’ safety and enjoyment, as well as encourage responsible use of the sensitive park environment.

To help make the process and compliance easier, Friends of the Wissahickon (FOW) will now be issuing the permits for these riders. Trail permits are $20 for Philadelphia residents, $35 for non-residents, and $65 for both a permit and FOW membership. All registration fees are a tax-deductible donation to FOW for the continued preservation of Wissahickon Valley Park.

Trail users are expected to follow all Philadelphia Parks & Recreation’s rules and regulations, including displaying the permit while on the trails. To apply for a 2018-19 permit, and view fees and all rules/regulations, visit

About Friends of the Wissahickon

Founded in 1924, Friends of the Wissahickon (FOW) is the oldest and largest nonprofit volunteer organization working in partnership with Philadelphia Parks and Recreation to preserve and restore historical park structures and trails, eliminate invasive plant species, and monitor watershed management issues throughout the 1,800-acre Wissahickon Valley Park. The Park’s Forbidden Drive was named 2018 Trail of the year by the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources. Follow FOW on Facebook and Twitter. For more information or to become a member, visit