Forbidden Drive


One of the the charms of living in Philadelphia is the Wissahickon creek and how many spots it is so easily accessible from they city. Ever since it has been warm enough to walk in the park without a heavy coat on, Josh and I have made almost weekly trips to our favorite spot to pick up the creek, Forbidden Drive.

It’s so strange that a 5 minute drive down a hill can transport you almost to a whole new world. Forbidden drive is a favorite spot to many people in the city but even when the parking lot is full, the lush terrain is so serene and beautiful. Wildlife is everywhere and it is almost like everyone has made an unspoken pact of silence so that we can all relax and just take in the beauty that the park has to offer.

There is plenty to see. The flowing waters filled with geese, ducklings and fish. I’ve witnessed woodpeckers picking away at trees and there is an enormous variety of other birds such as robins, blue-jays and herons. There is plenty to listen to. The creek can change at anytime during the day; trickling or maintaining a bolstering current. There are infinite varieties of bird calls that are nothing short of majestic. Let us not forget the amount of things to do. Biking, fishing, walking, watching, reading, feeding the birds, picking wild raspberries and I could go on and on.

Right now, Forbidden Drive is our happy place.

5 thoughts on “Forbidden Drive

  1. That sounds so beautiful. We have a fish creek provincial Park in our city and it’s only a few blocks away from where we live. I love to be able to go for a run or bike ride and right down into the park. So pretty and refreshing to “escape” the hustle and bustle of the city. So I totally understand what you mean.

  2. Awww, I loved the video. It looks like such a lovely place and those ducklings, omg. It’s wonderful that you can have such a special place that is so close to home.

  3. I almost screamed when I saw the ducks haha. I love ducks so much.

    I love the lush green in the area. There are spots like that in Sydney as well, where you drive off the beaten track for a bit and you come across a beautiful area close to nature. I used to live near what was called a “forest” and it was like a really lovely spot of green right between two massive highways hahah.

    I mentioned “forest” in quotes because forests where I live look nothing like what I personally think a forest is like – the forests in the States look like legit forests, while in Australia “forest” usually just means a plantation of boring trees and it’s not really peaceful, it’s kinda weird and the trees are usually almost dead.

  4. Forbidden Drive is beautiful! I loved seeing all the greenery in your video (and the duckies at the end)! I’m glad you have places like this that are easily accessible from the city, and it sounds like you’ve been having lovely weather. We have some parks nearby, but it’s so hot here now in Texas!

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