4+ hours, 8 miles (one way) or 15 miles for the loop, neighborhoods in South Philly to Frankford Hall in Fishtown. One-wayers take the train back to the starting point.
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From the American Swedish Museum in FDR Park in deep South Philly we'll do a loop hike to Frankford Hall in Fishtown. After repasting at Frankford Hall, or another nearby place, you can continue the loop or take the train back to FDR park. (A few blocks from Frankford Hall at Girard and Front St you can hop on the Market-Frankford line to City Hall, then change to the Broad St line towards Pattison Ave., go to the last stop. FDR park in across the street.)
We'll pass through a zillion South Philly neighborhoods including Whitman, Bella Vista, Pennsport, Queen Village, Girard Estates, as well as Old City, Northern Liberties, Chinatown, Independence Hall area, etc, etc, etc.
The exact route will be variable due the weather. We'll take many small streets and alleyways. We'll visit several piers along the Delaware that were remade into parks including Race St Pier. We may pass by Gloria Dei National Historic Site circa 1696, Independence Hall area, South Philly Soup Kitchen circa 1836, Shot Tower circa 1800's, Girard Estates area circa 1770's, etc, etc, etc. We may even walk down 2 (two) Street, pronounced exactly that way, to see the club houses of the many New Year Brigades and String Bands.
Caution:You should be able to walk 3-4 hours without much of a break. You should have recently hiked 8 miles in conditions detailed above.
To carpool from Hill House (http://local.google.com/maps/ms?ie=UTF8&hl=en&msa=0&msid=116038663712107563784.0004666eb6851e0119bbe&ll=40.073852,-75.210428&spn=0.012692,0.020084&z=16) meet at 45 minutes before hike time. Each carpooler chips in $2 at the start. Email me ([masked]) 3-4 days in advance and receive a reply.