Nothing is as soothing or relaxing for me as taking a walk in the woods after a long and stressful week. This week I chose the Bells Mills Rd section of Wissahickon Park.

While there are lots of things to complain about in the city of Philadelphia, one thing they are really good at is preserving open space. Fairmount Park, of which Wissahickon Park is a part is one of the largest urban green spaces in the country.

Straddling the Piedmont and Inner Coastal Planes, Philadelphia’s Fairmount Park provides an unexpected diversity of wildlife, foliage, wildlife and landscape and consists of more than 9200 acres of trails, woodlands and wetlands.

Wissahickon Park runs along the Wissahickon Creek, an area that during the early European settlement of the area was used for paper mills and other industrial pursuits. Now Mother Nature has reclaimed this space, but every now and then you come across a reminder of human settlement, like this stairway to nowhere.

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