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Philadelphia's "Forbidden Drive" named Pennsylvania's Trail of the Year.

Byline: Central Penn Parent

If you're planning a trip to Philadelphia this summer, you might want to check out the 'Forbidden Drive' trail. The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) andPennsylvania Trails Advisory Committee have designated it as Pennsylvania's 2018 Trail of the Year.

Paralleling Wissahickon Creek, the trail is a focal point of Wissahickon Valley Park, within Philadelphia's Fairmount Park system.

Forbidden Drive has generated support from the state's DCNR as a rare and unique urban trail that draws more than 1.1 million users annually. Visiting hikers, bikers, and anglers patronize related businesses located along trailheads in the Chestnut Hill and Roxborough sections of Philadelphia.

DCNR has invested almost $1 million in projects benefiting the National Recreation Trail.

Pennsylvania is a leader in trail development, providing its citizens and visitors with more than 11,000 miles of trails across the commonwealth to enjoy, from gentle pathways threading through miles of preserved greenways, to remote, rugged trails scaling the state's rugged mountains.

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Each year, the Pennsylvania Trails Advisory Committee designates a Trail of the Year to help build enthusiasm and support for both large

and small trails and raise public awareness about the value of Pennsylvania's trail network.

Friends of the Wissahickon (FOW) works in partnership with Philadelphia Parks and Recreation, organizations, and volunteers to maintain the park and its trails. Today, the Wissahickon Valley is viewed as among the most natural places in the City of Philadelphia, and is visited by more than 1 million people each year.

For more information on Forbidden Drive - named long ago when it was closed to motor vehicles - visit the <a title="Friends of the Wissahickon Website" href="https://www.fow.org/" target="_blank">FOW website</a>.

For more information about Pennsylvania trails, visit the <a title="Explore PA Trails Website" href="http://www.explorepatrails.com/" target="_blank">Explore PA Trails website</a>. More than 600 trails covering almost 12,000 miles in Pennsylvania are featured on the site.

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Date:Jul 5, 2018
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