Parks, Trails & Gardens

Fairmount Park – Forbidden Drive

Forbidden Drive is one of Philadelphia’s most popular recreation areas. Running along the Wissahickon Creek, it was first used as a route for Indian migration and later accommodated more than 50 mills during the height of its growth in the nineteenth century as an industrial center in the Valley. Forbidden Drive received its unusual name after automobile traffic was banned in the 1920s.

Drawing on the master signage guidelines that CG developed for the Fairmount Park System, the 17 interpretive panels that CG developed bring to life the Drive’s colorful features with subjects ranging from animals and plants to geology and dams.

Notable: This hidden gem includes a covered bridge, historic inn and a statue recognizing a native American chief.

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Project partners
  • Dommert Phillips
  • Judy Rand