- Villanova/KoP/Valley Forge "Bike-Hike" Radnor/Chester Valley Trails (T-VF8)
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 11:12am. 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.
- Haverford to Garret Hill (Future Trails: T-VF, part 7)
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/
- Future Trails 2019, part 6: Haverford Townshship Heritage Day
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 this year's Heritage Day can be found here: http://haverfordhistoricalsociety.org/2019-heritage-festival/ 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.
- Old Growth Tour with Trail Ambassador Sadie Francis
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.
- Future Trails 2019, part 5: 69th Street to Township Line Road
This was originally conceived as a one-way hike ending at Township Line station of the Norristown High Speed Line (also known as the #100 trolley). The NHSL #100 trolley is available for quick return ($2.50 cash or $2.00 on SEPTA keycard) to 69th Street and other connections, but there is also the possibility of walking back along East Indian Creek as a "bonus" hike. Trains run every half hour, and stations are about a half-mile apart. We will try to time our arrival conveniently: the end time of 2:45pm is an estimate. We will meet in the main waiting room at SEPTA's 69th Street Terminal (just inside the doors from the street), near the historical displays. This section presents the unique problems of undulating terrain and active golf courses when we are considering the creation of a paved through-trail. Last year, we "skirted" the edge of the the golf course(s); this year we consider trail options along West Indian Creek, a branch of Cobbs Creek. This is the fifth in a series exploring a planned "through trail" (connecting with 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. Last time we were here: http://meetu.ps/e/CwvrD/jCKN/d
- FT'19.4: Walk 69th-63rd, Ride #101 to PA Veterans Museum & Iron Hill Brewery
The meetup point is at the historical displays starting at the top of the ramp going to the 101/102 trolleys (& several buses): on the left hand side if you are entering from the street, about 75 feet from the main entrance. This is directly across the lobby from SEPTA Sales & Information. We will be exploring the issues around connecting the existing Cobbs Creek Trail at 63rd & Market Streets with 69th Street station. Beginning at 69th Street station, we will walk first to Millbourne Borough, and from there to the intersection of the current Cobbs Creek Trail at 63rd & Market Streets. The second half of our walk will include Sellers Woods and the site of the historic Cobbs Creek Golf Course Club House on our way back to 69th Street. Last year's event can be viewed here: https://www.meetup.com/phillyhikes/events/247813779/ ; since this event is no longer co-ordinated with National Train Day, we have added an optional #101 Media trolley ride to check out the Pennsylvania Veterans' Museum http://www.paveteransmuseum.org and Iron Hill Brewery http://www.ironhillbrewery.com/media/. The 1907/[masked]th Street Terminal, the biggest old traction (trolley) terminal in the nation, with extensive historic and built environment displays, is situated in downtown Upper Darby, the biggest Art Deco building district in the region. We will walk along the creek on an abandoned rail bed/ potential rail trail from 69th Street, and hear plans for new, more environmentally balanced redevelopment along the route, looking at potential routes and connections with the existing Cobbs Creek Trail at 63rd Street. After "exploring" a short, old brick tunnel underpass possibly of use in developing the through-trail, we will complete a loop back to 69th Street, walking along the other side of Cobbs Creek, utilizing some of the trails in the Sellers Woods section of Cobbs Creek Park (part of Philadelphia Parks and Recreation Department), going as far as colonial Haverford Road before heading along the edges of the Karakung and Cobbs Creek Golf Courses (the oldest public golf courses in the nation), considering possibilities for a route out of the way of golfers. We then return to 69th St via State Road in Upper Darby. This is the fourth 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.
- Future Trails 2019, part 3: Blue Bell Inn to 63rd & Market Streets
start at Blue Bell Inn (Woodland/Island, #11 trolley) ONE-WAY hike to 63rd & Market Streets 5 miles, paved/dirt, mostly flat w/ some elevation changes mellow pace, (c. 2.5 mph), discussion of past and future This event repeats annually. Last year's version can be viewed here: https://www.meetup.com/phillyhikes/events/247688325/ event details subject to change 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 ($2.50 cash or $2.00 on a SEPTA keycard). 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.
- Welcome Spring in the Northern Wissahickon
We'll be starting at the Chestnut Hill East train station (I think the train arrives a little after 11:30am) as the schedule is a little more convenient than the the Chestnut Hill West train station, a little closer to the park, which we'll pass by as we enter the park (which will take about 20 minutes to get into). There is a wide variety of trails and mid-point destinations to choose from, and a selection of place to sit down for food, drinks, and convo after our hike.
- Future Trails 2019, part 2: Pennrose Plaza to historic Blue Bell Inn
start at north end of Pennrose Plaza (Lindbergh Blvd, near #36 trolley terminus) 4.5 miles, ONE-WAY hike to Darby Transportation Center mellow pace, (avg. 2mph), discussion of history & future mild-moderate elevation changes, dirt trails and sidewalk arrive Darby TC (#11 trolley terminus) by 2:30pm. This event repeats every year. Last year's version can be viewed here: https://www.meetup.com/phillyhikes/events/247685946/ Event details are subject to change. We will begin at the other end of Pennrose Plaza from the previous hike (in front of the Burger King), exploring the trail possibilities between there and historic Blue Bell Inn on Cobbs Creek, as well connections with the Darby Creek Greenway. Highlights will include following the creek along the Piedmont fall line (transitioning from tidal), and (possibly) viewing the oldest visible traces of European occupation of Pennsylvania, the post hole for New Sweden's Governor Printz Mill (earliest industrial activity in the Delaware Valley and Pennsylvania) next to the current site of the Blue Bell Inn. More or less following the once critical Great Minquas (War) Path into Darby (with diversions for colonial and more modern roadways), we will trace a proposed on-road route connecting the Cobbs Creek Greenway with a demonstration segment of the Darby Creek Greenway, which we will also view, passing through Colwyn as we go. We will certainly view a number of historical sites along the way, and hope that a couple of local historians will be able to contribute to our experience as well. The walk will end at Darby Transportation Center, western terminus of the #11 "Green Line" Trolley into 30th Street Train Station and Center City Philadelphia. Darby transportation Center is also serviced by frequent Delaware County bus routes, including connections to 69th Street and Chester Transportation Centers. This is the 2nd 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.
- Future Trails 2019: "Founding to Freedom", Part I
starts at #36 "Green Line" trolley terminus 5 miles, options to extend from mid-point bathroom break at Environmental Center mellow pace, (avg. 2 mph) , discussion of history & future, mix of paved/gravel/dirt, some underbrush, possible mud, mostly flat return to start point 2:15pm or later details: We will meet at the south end of Penrose Plaza on Island Road (the end farthest from Lindbergh Avenue, nearer to KMart/Dollar Tree), at the terminus of the #36 "Green Line" Trolley (just up Island Avenue from I-95, also accessible by by SEPTA's #108 bus from 69th St Terminal at the north end of the plaza. Between 11:45 and noon, we will reach Eastwick train station (SEPTA's "Airport" Regional Rail Line) where we will meet those not able to join us earlier. (Next Generation 200 mph High Speed Amtrak train station and lines being proposed for the area will be explained.) This walk will highlight a lost section of Philadelphia, the route of the old Chester trolley, remains of colonial tidal Minquas Creek, and extensive meadows of a disputed land development subdivision overlooking the Heinz-Tinicum National Wildlife Refuge. Between 12:30 and 1pm we will take a break at the award-winning Cusano Environmental Center (in the Refuge) and review plans amidst the informative displays at the Center. Depending on group consensus, there will be an option to walk a hiking loop of the Refuge trail system which includes the Trolley Bed Trail. (This would add about an hour to the event, returning to the Center around 2pm.) After we leave the Center, we will proceed around the Clearview Landfill "mountain" on Redevelopment Authority-owned residential commons, view lower tidal Cobbs Creek, and discuss the coming new linear park and riparian buffer forming part of the Cobbs Creek Park Trail Extension. The Extension will eventually connect with (and form part of) the East Coast Greenway (to the south), thereby linking the Refuge with Cobbs Creek Parkway and Historic Blue Bell Inn via the north end of Island Road. We will return to Penrose Plaza via Lindbergh Boulevard, saving the connection to the Blue Bell Inn for our next event in the series. This is the first 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. last year's event can be viewed here: https://www.meetup.com/phillyhikes/events/247669667/