Along the path, at many points you will hear running water.... It's mostly underground drainage at first... but, then you will come to the brook. It sounds pleasing to the ears and is very relaxing. The air is full of many delightful scents!: Flowers from the many types of naturally growing trees or wild flowers, evergreens, fragrant grasses, and even the brook its self.
Hundreds of years ago, this was a place where many mills were, so the dammed the creek to power their mills. Not only that, but centuries ago, this was a main road for travelers.
To this day, the VERY 1st public drinking fountain is still along the road which is now called FORBIDDEN DRIVE. (Sorry, no photos available.)
In the 1800s, it was Philadelphia's 1st public drinking fountain erected for thirsty travelers. It had natural spring water. However, it was sealed in the 1960s due to pollution contamination of the spring.
Hmmmm.... I wonder if it could be amended today... Hello! Mayor Nutter! Here's a thought!
If you would like to see more photos of the waterfalls or of Wissakickon, check all my posts for August 2012.