Future Trails 2014, part 3: Blue Bell Inn to 63rd & Market Streets

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 $2.25).

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).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 third in a series exploring a planned "through trail" (connecting with the East Coast Greenway) between the Tinicum National Wildlife Refuge and Valley Forge National Historical Park, via the Cobbs Creek, Radnor, and newly-completed Chester Valley Trails.  Scott Maits will be lead organizer for this series, sharing his knowledge of plans being considered as well as older and more recent history.

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  • Gloria

    What a great hike, Scott gave us some interesting history of some of the places we passed along the way :-)

    April 21, 2014

  • Jed M.

    I'll be there in about 20 minutes...

    April 13, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Look forward to joining you on this hike. Just what I've been looking for!

    April 9, 2014

  • Lisa

    What's the approximate length of this hike? I'm not sure I can walk that far.

    April 5, 2014

    • Jed M.

      we'll start walking around 10 minutes to noon, walking 2 or 3 miles to approximate mid-point at Baltimore Avenue around 1pm, where you can catch the #34 trolley back to Center City/connections with the #11. (We'll probably slow down for just a bit

      April 6, 2014

    • Jed M.

      ...walking through Mount Moriah Cemetery. We will reach 63rd and Market in the 2 o'clock hour after walking another couple of miles: this is pretty leisurely, and you can "opt out" at the mid-point.

      April 6, 2014

  • Jed M.

    Tentatively, the "talking" part of this event will be concentrated at the beginning. Trolleys arrive at 11:08, 11:28, and 11:48; we will plan on beginning walking immediately upon arrival of the 11:48. Please note that it is likely the Inn will not be open, and the first restroom stop possibility may be at the Jamaican restaurant at 61st & Baltimore Avenue.

    March 26, 2014

  • Robert E. B.

    is the nearest trolley stop to the start point "Island Ave & Woodland Ave"? http://www.septa.org/schedules/trolley/h/011_1.htm

    March 18, 2014

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