Will Smith put the Belmont Plateau on the map, so to speak, with his song “Summertime” in 1991. Not only was the music video recorded in Fairmount Park, he specifically mentions Belmont Plateau at the 1:38-minute mark:
A place called the Plateau is where everybody goes
Guys out hunting and girls doing likewise
Honking at the honey in front of you with the light eyes
Dubbed “Philadelphia’s most scenic overlook” in 1984 by the Fairmount Park Commission, everything can be found here for avid outdoorsmen, from sports fields to horseback and mountain bike trails to barbecue grills. If you want to be bedazzled by a passionate review, check out Bradley Maule’s brilliant post on the Hidden City Philadelphia site.
You can also read a good review of Belmont Plateau for mountain bikers here.
The quickest way to access the trails is via car from Interstate 76. Take the Montgomery Drive exit, and turn left at the end of the ramp if heading west, or turn right at the end of the ramp if heading east. Drive under the I-76 overpass, and make your first right into the “car barn” parking lot. Park there, and head down the road into the woods where you’ll find a wide, gravel fire road. This path traverses most of the trail area and splits off into many different singletrack branches along the way. (Source: RootsRated.com)