The Tacony Creek watershed drains 1/8 of the city's stormwater, and the creek itself is about halfway between the northeastern and southwestern borders of the city. There are still some remnants of historic industrial activities, including the remnants of Whitaker Mill just off Tabor Road. Picture from the last time we were here can be found on our calendar at the following link: http://www.meetup.com/phillyhikes/events/96319242/
There will be a little bit of overlap (at the beginning, and perhaps at the end), of this hike:http://www.meetup.com/phillyhikes/events/16376090/ , but we will mostly be exploring downstream. We can walk most of the way on asphalt recreational trail, but do have the option of some dirt trails along the way. There is a certain amount of "unavoidable" up- & down-hill as well. Our long break/turnaround will be in Juniata Park, which will take us a little over an hour to get to, and a little over an hour to return from. Plan on about 2 hours and fifteen minutes of walking time, and about 45 minutes of break time. Please no absolute beginners on this one. Since the plan involves a certain amount of negotiating holes in fences and the like, please also think twice about bringing your kids or your dog. (Participation is always at your own risk, but I won't be asking you to do anything I haven't already done, often while carrying my bike.) There are some restaurant options on Tabor road for enjoying a meal together afterward: one possibility is "Taste of Portugal," but we really enjoyed the nearby Italian place we went last time.
We will meet at the Olney Regional Rail station (on the Fox Chase Line), about a 15-minute/1-mile walk from the "middle" of Tacony Creek Park. The train arrives from Center City at 11:35am, (see http://www.septa.org/schedules/rail/pdf/fxc.pdf ) and we will get started about 10 minutes later. (Please note, this is not to be confused with the Olney station of the Broad Street "Orange" Line, another mile distant.)
I look forward to sharing this hike with you!