Did you know that the Wissahickon Creek’s headwaters are actually found in a parking lot at the Montgomeryville Mall? And that it winds its way through 12 suburban municipalities before merging with the Schuylkill River in Philadelphia, and eventually joining the Delaware River?

The Wissahickon Creek provides great recreational opportunities. A diverse array of wildlife relies on it for habitat, water, and food. Humans rely on it too: its flow once powered industrial mills. Even today, some 10% of Philadelphia’s drinking water originates in the creek!

CLEAN WATER always tops the list when people are asked about their environmental concerns, but we tend to forget this connection. If we care about our water, we need to pay attention to what we’re doing on the land.


Historically, the Wissahickon Creek ran through forests and meadows, but with population came significant change. Learn More –


The Wissahickon Valley Watershed Association and Friends of the Wissahickon and their partners strive to ensure the environmental health of the Wissahickon Creek and the communities which make up its watershed. Learn More –


Wissahickon Valley Park, with its beautiful wooded hillsides and refreshing creek winding through an ancient gorge, is a magnet for all types of outdoor enthusiasts. Learn More –


The Wissahickon has a rich history, originating with the Native Americans and continuing through the industrial era to today. Learn More –