Friends of the Cynwyd Heritage Trail

The Friends of the Cynwyd Heritage Trail (FOCHT) was founded in 2008 by a group of dedicated volunteers committed to supporting the construction of the Trail. Currently, the Friends focus on supporting the volunteer efforts in beautifying the park.

In the future, the group hopes to support the recreational and educational resources of the park and provide for trail amenities. The Friends are now in the United Way’s Donor’s Choice Program. If you want to donate to the Friends through United Way, we are donor organization #51240. You can still use PayPal, too, by clicking the “DONATE NOW”.


Thanks to all who came out and made our Third Annual Meeting such a success!

The Friends of the Cynwyd Heritage Trail held their Annual Dinner at the Conservatory, West Laurel Hill Cemetery, December 15, 2015 with speeches, award presentations, great conversation with wonderfully catered culinary fare and refreshments.

To all those who were able to attend, we thank you for your participation, in what was an evening of tribute to all those who have donated countless hours to make The Cynwyd Heritage Trail into the premier recreational destination it has become. We also discussed the future expansions to the trail and impact of the recently opened Manayunk Bridge!

We enjoyed meeting with you and look forward to improving the trail experience in the year ahead.

Take a moment to relive the evening, by clicking the link below, to George T. Manos candid photographs of our Third Annual Meeting.

Link to photo album:

We invite you to The Friends of The Cynwyd Heritage Trail Third Annual Meeting!

2015 FOCHT Annual Meeting, December 15, 2015 at 7:00pm
The Conservatory at West Laurel Hill Cemetery

Everyone is welcome to join us December 15, 2015 at 7:00pm for our Annual Meeting at The Conservatory at West Laurel Hill Cemetery. You do not need to be a current member to attend.

Light refreshments will be provided along with presentations about past and future improvements, as well as, ways in which the community can get involved in shaping this future. The Friends’ will also be recognizing our volunteers of year for 2015 with special awards.

Come out and show your appreciation for all the hard work these volunteers have contributed to making The Cynwyd Heritage Trail one of the most popular recreational venues in the Greater Philadelphia Area.

With the support of our members and volunteers, we have accomplished a lot in these first six years. The Trail now extends over the Manayunk Bridge, allowing for connection to the Circuit trail system stretching from Center City to Valley Forge.

If you are a current member, thank you! If your membership may have lapsed, please consider renewing it. Hopefully you can attend our Annual Meeting, so we can all meet and celebrate in person!

Everyone is welcome to attend
The Friends of The Cynwyd Heritage Trail Board Meetings

The FOCHT Board Meetings are the second Monday of every month, (except August), at 6:45 PM in The Bringhurst Funeral Home building at West Laurel Hill Cemetery.

Enter the Cemetery from Belmont Avenue across from the Bala Cynwyd Playground through the main gate and follow the signs to Bringhurst Funeral Home, which is a short distance from the entrance on your left.

Please try to be on time as West Laurel Hill Cemetery holds the gates open for us to enter before and after every meeting.

CELEBRATE!! Group Ride Celebration
Sunday, November 8, 9:30 AM At the Cynwyd Train Station

Come out and join the Friends of the Cynwyd Trail and Main Line Cycles for a celebratory group ride!


We will be leaving Cynwyd Station as a group and riding across the Manayunk Bridge as a group.

Destinations include Valley Forge Park (16 mi), Outbound Station Conshohocken(8 mi), or Manayunk.

Ride at your pace, your distance and have fun with people of your skill level. We will organize into 2-3 skill level groups starting at 9:30.


Manayunk Bridge Opening News from the Main Line Times:

Click here to read the article

The Bala Cynwyd Farmers Market is still open for the 2015 season at its new location on The Cynwyd Heritage Trail, Please note new hours!

Come shop for local and sustainably produced goods from area farmers and food artisans. You’ll find fruits and veggies; honey; breads, cookies, challah and other baked goods; humanely raised meats and pastured eggs; cheeses and award-winning pickles.

When: Thursdays, 1:30-5:30, May-November

Where: The Cynwyd Heritage Trail at Barmouth Trailhead

For more information, visit the market website at:

Thanks to all for coming out and making our 4th Annual Trail Trot and Family Fun Walk a success!

Click here to see George T. Manos Photos of The 4th Annual Trail Trot and festivities

Thank you to our wonderful sponsors for their support of our 4th Annual Trail Trot and Family Fun Walk:

Valley Forge Fitness
West Laurel Hill Cemetery
Bala Cynwyd School for Young Children
Neighborhood Club of Bala Cynwyd
Cynwyd Club
Manko, Gold, Katcher & Fox
Sarah Bakes
Kessler Topaz Meltzer and Check
Narberth Beverage
Lehigh Valley Dairy Farms
Sidd’s Auto Repair

Cynwyd Heritage Trail Featured in Philadelphia Magazine!

Cynwyd Heritage TrailFor: An all-new view of the Schuylkill
With the anticipated opening of the Manayunk Bridge over the Schuylkill later this year, this two-mile stretch of side-by-side gravel and concrete pathways (for foot and wheel traffic) will become a scenic gateway between Manayunk and the Main Line. The trail runs northeast from Cynwyd Station past Bala Cynwyd Park (water fountains!), West Laurel Hill Cemetery, and pretty views of hillside Manayunk. Clear quarter-mile markers along the way make it perfect for tempo or speed workouts.


Manayunk Bridge Groundbreaking Recap

Lots of dignitaries — Congressman Chaka Fattah, Senator Vince Hughes, State Rep. Pam Delissio, Montco Commissioners Leslie Richards, Josh Shapiro and Bruce Castor; Deputy Mayor Rina Cutler, Deputy Mayor Mike DiBerardinis, DCNR Deputy Secretary Flood, SEPTA General Manager Joe Casey.

Lots of smiles – Lots of words about partnerships, colloborations, persistence and getting stuff done! We think Leslie Richards said it best….”This is the coolest project!”
A great day for the Circuit. Click here to learn more


The Friends of the Cynwyd Heritage Trail was founded in 2008 by a group of dedicated volunteers committed to supporting the construction of the Cynwyd Heritage Trail. Currently, the Friends focus on supporting the volunteer efforts in beautifying the park. To learn more about the Friends, please see our Membership brochure.

Video created by Joel Tomar Levin