If you are looking for a place to do you long run on a Sunday morning this is the place to go. The Forbidden Drive Trail is 7 miles long and is an out and back trail, meaning its not a loop. You can turn around at any point which would double your distance. The entire trail follows the creek. The majority of the run is shaded due to tree coverage. The trees in the spring and fall make the run very eye pleasing. You will see a wide variety of people using this trail from runners to people on horseback.
What Makes It Great
Since the Forbidden Drive Trail is an out and back it makes it perfect for anyone looking to get a solid long run in. If you were to run the entire length of the trail you would be at 7 miles so running back to your car would give you 14 miles. The trail is mainly flat and covered by trees so it is shaded. This is the ideal long run trail; with the distance, tree coverage, and relative flatness. It allows you to rest your legs while getting in some distance. Another thing that is great about this trail is that you are running in nature on a trail.
If you are looking to get into trail running this is the perfect place to test it out. There is gravel and dirt most of the way so your legs aren't going to take the beating as if you were running on the road. There aren't any huge hills, rock scrambles or roots so its more of a beginner trail. It allows you to experience what running in nature is like without having to drastically change your running. The overall flatness makes this trail perfect for someone looking to do some long slow distance.
Who is Going to Love It
The people that are going to love this trail are the people who are looking for a place to recover from an intense week of training. With the length of the trail it allows you to get a lot out of the trail. Also people who are thinking they want to start trail running but aren’t ready for huge hills, roots and rock scrambles should check this trail out. It gives you a feel for running on a surface that isn't the road or treadmill without jumping into running on the side of a mountain.
Directions, Parking, & Regulations
From downtown you will want to get on to I-76 Westbound towards Valley Forge. Once on I-76 W you will take exit 338 Belmont Ave towards Green Lane. Once on Green Lane you will make a left onto the first cross street Main Street. Then it’s a quick right onto Leverington Ave. After that you will make a left onto Umbria Street then continue onto Minerva St. Next, merge on Shawmont Ave followed by a right on Ridge Ave. This road will change names numerous times but you want to stay on it until you reach Ridge Pike. Once on Ridge pike make a Church Rd then another quick right on Park Ave. Finally a left on Andorra and you will find parking. The trailhead is in eyesight of the parking lot.