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Located 20 minutes from downtown Philadelphia and still within city limits, Wissahickon Valley Park is one one the world's largest urban park systems. This 10,500-acre respite from the bustle of the city is one of the best places to take your dog to stretch his legs and enjoy a natural environment. Wissahickon Valley Park boasts 50 miles of trails that range from an easy stroll on a gravel path to tricky and technical trails that will challenge both you and your dog. 

Most of the landscape is dense forest, which makes the noise and business of the city melt away with the sounds and smells of nature. There are also many pools, streams, and waterways for Fido to cool off in on a hot summer's day. Though the atmosphere can feel quite humid in the summer, the ample opportunities to for your dog to cool off and get a drink make it the perfect hike for weekends and even after work.

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The trails at Wissahickon Valley State Park truly have something for everyone. There are easy trails that resemble flat gravel roads in the most accessible section of the park. Most of the other 50 miles of hiking trails are natural with minimal maintenance. Expect worn dirt paths through beautiful, craggy rock walls, and keep an eye out for roots and step ups. There are endless miles to challenge yourself and your pup.

This park is a perfect city escape in the summer due to the plentiful natural pools and the Wissahickon River that flows through most of the park. After a hot and sweaty run, you both can cool off with a dunk in the river, and there will often be water on the trail for your dog to drink. Make sure you get a trail map before you head out and always bring enough water and snacks for you and your dog just in case.

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The easiest trail, named the Forbidden Drive follows the Wissahickon river for 5.35 miles. This flat, gravel road is perfect for a casual stroll and passes by many historically significant sites. Along the way, you'll pass by the city's first drinking fountain and the last covered bridge in Philidelphia. This gentle amble is often shared with bikes and horseback riders, so make sure you follow the leash laws of the park and be courteous to other users.

If you've got an active dog who needs a challenge, try your hand at the Yellow Trail, a seven-mile single track trail that runs along the west side of the park. This trail has a nine percent average grade with several steep, rocky, and technical sections. Yellow Trail is open to hikers, but bikers and horseback riders can use the trails by purchasing a permit. Make sure your dog is in control at all times in case you come across horses or bikes.

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