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Trail Ambassador Sadie Francis will be sharing her knowledge of Carpenter's Woods in the Wissahickon. Start and end times are co-ordinated with the Chestnut Hill West train schedule, specifically the Carpenter stop. It will take us about 15 minutes to walk into (& out of) the park: the Chestnut Hill East train runs more often (Sedgewick and Stenton stops are closest), but is a little farther from the park. Sadie has shared her knowledge in the past with us: she was very active in opening the Cynwyd Heritage Trail, and I will be posting a link to past events she co-ordinated at my convenience.
We will be walking to Haverford Township's 13th annual Heritage Festival, taking place on Sunday, June 2nd from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. along Karakung Drive near Nitre Hall in Havertown. We will meet by the Trail Coalition table. In addition to enjoying the Festival, we will look at the trail possibilities and requirements along the banks of Cobbs Creek, including a missing Estate bridge that would need to be re-installed for a better connection from the Grange Estate to Manoa Road, and the Haverford Trails network along Karakung Drive (which is also part of historic Powder Valley gunpowder producing area). More info about last year's Heritage Day can be found here: http://haverfordhistoricalsociety.org/2018-heritage-festival/ (This link will be updated with the 2019 info when it becomes available.) Additional hikes in the Heinz-Valley Forge Future Trail series will be announced through the DCVA newsletter, on http://www.meetup.com/phillyhikes, and other publications as the summer progresses. We will be looking at a through route for Haverford College, Bryn Mawr and Villanova to reach the popular Radnor Trail, and in later segments we will be looking at options from Strafford to the expanding Chester Valley Trail and for the best way into Valley Forge National Park.
We will meet at the Beechwood/Brookline Station of the Norristown High-Speed Line (aka SEPTAs #100 trolley), and spend a couple of hours (3 at most) exploring the possibilities for future multi-use and hiking trails paralleling the High Speed Line as far as the Villanova station. This is part of larger effort in developing the East Coast Greenway, exploring the possibilities for connecting Tinicum National Wildlife Refuge with Valley Forge Historical Park via Cobbs & Darby Creeks and the Radnor Trail. Beechwood/Brookline (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beechwood%E2%80%93Brookline_(SEPTA_station) is the same stop we recommend for the June 3rd event starting at the Haverford Township Heritage Festival one week prior to this. Don't forget to signal your stop, as this is a high-speed line. There is a small cinder-covered parking lot (lined with white-painted rocks) near the station on Karakung Drive. Last year's event can be viewed here: https://www.meetup.com/phillyhikes/events/248095706/
PLEASE NOTE: this is a bike ride, rather than our usual walk: we are combining previous year's events due to time crunch on the part of our organizers. Last year's event can be viewed here: https://www.meetup.com/phillyhikes/events/248095961/ The description below is subject to editing. This is the next installment exploring possibilities for a future trail (to be part of the East Coast Greenway network of trails) connecting Tinicum National Wildlife Refuge with Valley Forge Historical Park: this segment includes the already existing Radnor & Chester Valley Trails. We will begin at SEPTAs Villanova Regional Rail Train Station (Paoli-Thorndale line): the train arrives at 11:33am. We will bike from there to the Norristown High Speed Line Villanova station, meeting any folks who chose to wait after arriving on the 11:25. We will then make a more convenient connection with the NHSL at the Radnor station at 11:56. We will continue following US Route 30, aka East Lancaster Avenue, aka Lincoln Highway, exploring/discussing the trail design issues from there to St. Davids, where we will join the Radnor Trail. (The Radnor Trail begins on/paralleling North Radnor Chester Road, across from Chew Lane.) We will follow the Radnor Trail to its end at Sugartown Road in Strafford, and continue biking on into Valley Forge Historical Park. We have the option to extend our bike-ride via the Schuylkill River Trail (paralleling SEPTA Regional Rail for quick "bail-out" options) back towards Center City, as we did last year.