DON'T FORGET TO SET YOUR CLOCKS FORWARD AN HOUR THE NIGHT BEFORE THIS HIKE, otherwise you'll end up waiting a long time.
This is a ONE-WAY hike, ending at 63rd & Market Streets. Return to our starting point is available by taking the "Blue Line" Market-Frankford EL train east to 30th Street and taking a free transfer to the #11 trolley (one SEPTA token or $2).
We will meet at Historic Revolutionary War-era Blue Bell Inn (south end of Cobbs Creek Parkway, just north of Island Road, where Woodland Avenue, Philadelphia turns into Main Street, Darby). We will be hosted there by the current caretaker, and hear from local historians John & Jan Haggis condensing nearly 400 years of history of the site. There is a small parking lot off the end of Woodland Ave (at the Cobbs Creek Parkway) across from the Inn, and the Inn is also serviced by the #11 (Darby) "Green Line" SEPTA trolley. Also discussed will be the coming trail plan, including regular flooding and other challenges at the Inn, issues connecting with the south end of the existing trail at Church Lane, and the unique status of Mount Moriah Cemetery. We will walk most of the lower and middle sections of Cobbs Creek, in particular on the existing paved Multi-Use Recreational Path, past the Cobbs Creek Environmental Center and other community/park enhancements, and end at the 63rd Street stop of the Market-Frankford EL (SEPTA's "Blue Line" Elevated Train).
This is the second in a series exploring a planned "through trail" (adjunct to the East Coast Greenway) between the Tinicum National Wildlife Refuge and Valley Forge via Cobbs Creek and the Radnor Trail. Scott Maits will be lead organizer for this series, sharing his knowledge of plans being considered as well as older and more recent history.