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Cars Only, Avoiding Expressways. Take the Ben Franklin Parkway to the Art Museum, bear right onto Kelly Drive, follow Kelly drive to the end onto Lincoln Drive (about 4 miles), follow Lincoln Drive to the end (3.6 miles), turn right onto Allens Lane, Allens Lane ends at Germantown Avenue (.4 miles), turn left. Follow Germantown Avenue through Chestnut Hill, after descending a long hill, turn right on Northwestern Avenue (2.6 miles at Chestnut Hill College and Lincoln Woods), the Arboretum entrance is 750 yards on the right at 100 East Northwestern Avenue.
Take Roosevelt Boulevard to Levick Street. Turn on Levick and go two miles to Tookany Parkway, and make left; then go to first light and make a right on Cheltenham Avenue. After about 4 miles, Cheltenham ends at Papermill Road; go left on Papermill for two miles. At the top of the hill is Bethlehem Pike; cross Bethlehem Pike and bear right; you'll be on Stenton Avenue. Turn left on Northwestern Avenue, and turn left into Arboretum gate.
Take I-95 North to the Blue Route (476 N); get off at exit 19 (old exit 8) (Plymouth Meeting). Make a right onto Germantown Pike. Continue on Germantown Pike (it becomes Germantown Avenue) for just over 3 miles; turn left on Northwestern Avenue. Arboretum entrance is about 1/4 mile on the right.
From New York take the New Jersey Turnpike south (or from other points Route I-95 South) to the Pennsylvania Turnpike West to the Norristown exit (Old Exit 25 -- New Exit 333), Take Germantown Pike East (it becomes Germantown Avenue) for just over 3 miles; turn left on Northwestern Avenue. Arboretum entrance is about 1/4 mile on the right.
Head east on Market St toward N 34th St. Turn left onto John F Kennedy Blvd. Take the Interstate 76 W ramp to Valley Forge. Keep left at the fork, follow signs for I-76 W/Valley/Forge and merge onto I-76 W. Take exit 340A toward Lincoln Dr/Kelly Dr/Germantown/Wissahickon Park. Merge onto City Ave. Slight left to merge onto Lincoln Dr. Turn left onto Emlen St. Continue onto Cresheim Valley Dr. Turn left onto Germantown Ave. Turn right onto E Northwestern Ave. Arboretum entrance will be on the right.
Accessible via Chestnut Hill East (#R7) or Chestnut Hill West (#R8) trains. Get off at Chestnut Hill stop and wait for "L" bus toward Plymouth Meeting or Plymouth Meeting Mall. Bus MUST say "Plymouth Meeting" or it won't pass close enough to the Arboretum. Ask to get off at the Germantown Avenue & Northwestern Avenue stop. Walk down Northwestern Avenue for .5 miles past Chestnut Hill College and the apartment complex until you come to the black wrought-iron gate of the Arboretum.
In addition, Rt. 97 Bus goes past Chestnut Hill West rail station along Germantown Avenue and continues on down to the intersection of Germantown & Northwestern Avenues.
Walk to 30th Street Station. Take Chestnut Hill West Line Train towards Chestnut Hill West (31 mins, 10 stops). Walk to Germantown Avenue & Bethlehem Pike (1 minute). Wait for "L" bus toward Plymouth Meeting or Plymouth Meeting Mall. Bus MUST say "Plymouth Meeting" or it won't pass close enough to the Arboretum. Ask to get off at the Germantown Avenue & Northwestern Avenue stop. Walk down Northwestern Avenue for .5 miles past Chestnut Hill College and the apartment complex until you come to the black wrought-iron gate of the Arboretum.
Get on the Schuylkill River Trail anywhere along the river. (If the train is blocking your way the Walnut Street Bridge has a ramp down to the trail.) Follow the trail along Kelly Drive untill you reach Ridge Avenue. Cross the street and go left along Ridge Avenue. The street crosses over a small bridge that goes over the Wissahickon Creek (a waterfall will be on your right). Take your first right onto the bike trail directly after the bridge. This is the beginning on the Wissahickon Trail/Forbidden Drive. Follow this trail to Northwestern Avenue (about 7.5 miles) Turn right up Northwestern Avenue (you will see Northwestern Horse Stables on your right). Cross over Germantown Avenue and continue on Northwestern Avenue for another .5 miles. The entrance will be on your right. Bike racks are located next to the parking lot. Bikes are not permitted on any trails in the Arboretum. The entire ride is about 12 miles and will take approximately 50 minutes.
Please note: Mountain Bikers need a permit to take the offroad trails in the park. This does not include Forbidden Drive. Please click here for permit information.
Renovations began in January on the George D. Widener Education & Visitor Center. The project includes the expansion of the building’s main entrance, and the installation of automatic front doors that will comply with ADA standards for accessible design. The entrance will also be more stroller friendly, making it easier for families to navigate the building.
Visitor Center Plaza
In addition to the improvements being made to the building itself, the surrounding plaza will also be enlarged and enhanced.A new 30x30 area will provide a larger gathering space for tours, and will help reduce congestion on high visitation days. The larger terrace will also feature sitting walls and benches toprovide additional seating.
The membership kiosk will be relocated within the plaza and will be expanded to enable staff to welcome visitors more efficiently. New plantings will be added. When finished, the area will provide a pleasant, relaxing space for visitors to gather and linger.
Closure and Visitor Access
The Shop at Morris Arboretum will remain closed until construction is completed toward the end of March. Visitors and those enrolled in classes may encounter inconveniences which we apologize for in advance. The Visitor Center remains open for programs (like classes) and conveniences. Look for signage indicating an alternative entrance.
Morris Arboretum wishes to thank longtime Arboretum friend, Edith Dixon for making these enhancements possible. This attractive new area will allow the Arboretum to accommodate a broader audience and its improved functioning will enhance the experience of every visitor.