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”.


Soak Up the Sun and Get Centered with a Refreshing Outdoor Yoga Class!


The Friends of the Cynwyd Heritage Trail have partnered with local yoga studio, Dana Hot Yoga brings you Yoga on the Trail! Starting at 11AM on Sunday May 1st, we invite you to join us in Cynwyd Station Park, right next to the (soon to be open) Trail’s End Cafe for a fun and relaxing yoga class that is appropriate for all levels.

When: 11 AM, 1st and 3rd Sundays of each month from May – August
Where: Cynwyd Station Park
What: 60 minute yoga class for all levels
Why: For fun, of course!

Please make sure to BYOM (bring your own mat)
Suggested donation to benefit the Cynwyd Heritage Trail- $5

Click to download the flyer!

Thank you to all who came out and made our Fifth Annual Trail Trot and Family Fun Walk Such a success!

Saturday’s beautiful Spring weather and support from our community and volunteers helped make our Fifth Annual Trail Trot and Family Fun Walk a great fund-raising event for future Cynwyd Heritage Trail improvements.

Click on the link below to see Commissioner George T. Manos Trail Trot and Family Fun Walk Photographs:

Fifth Annual Trail Trot & Family Fun Walk Platinum and Silver Sponsors!

The Friends of The Cynwyd Heritage Trail would like to thank the following sponsors for their generous support of our Fifth Annual Trail Trot & Family Fun Walk.

Platinum sponsors:

West Laurel Hill Cemetery

Aquatic and Fitness Center Bala Cynwyd

Silver sponsors:

Valley Forge Fitness

The Cynwyd Club

All are welcome to come out for our Fifth Annual Trail Trot and Family Fun Walk!

Saturday, April 16, 2016 • 9:00 AM


The Friends of the Cynwyd Heritage Trail are hosting the Fifth Annual 5k run on the Trail to support improvements to the Cynwyd Heritage Trail. Like last year, we are including a family fun walk.

Race and walker check‐in will start at 8:00 AM with walk starting at 8:45 AM and race starting at 9:00 AM

Location: Barmouth Trailhead – Levering Mill Rd. and Belmont Ave.

Parking is available at Barmouth Trailhead, Bala Cynwyd Playground and Cynwyd Station.

Entry Fee: $25 online or by mail before May 31st OR $30 day of walk/race.

Awards: (RACE ONLY): Male and Female Overall AND 6 Age Groups, including 18 & under.

Amenities: All runners receive a T‐SHIRT!; Walkers receive (1) t‐shirt per family; Additional shirts to be sold at event. Water on the course and a post‐run snack for all runners

Registration: Online at or click here to download the registration form.

You can mail your payment to:

P.O. Box 695
Bala Cynwyd
PA 19004

Make checks payable to “Friends of the Cynwyd Heritage Trail”.

Come out and join us Sunday, April 10th for a FOCHT Workday.

The next scheduled workday is a CHANGE from the original schedule. Our new workday is Sunday, April 10th – 9 to 12

We are making this change because the 5th Annual Trail Trot is on Saturday, April 16th.

We will congregate at the Barmouth Trailhead, end of Levering Mill Road, after crossing Belmont Avenue, at 9:00 to collect tools.

We plan on mulching at The Cynwyd Station and Barmouth Trail Head. FOCHT Board Members will be there to help direct you to one of the work areas on the trail.

As always, The Friends will supply tools, gloves, snacks and water for all volunteers, so please come out and lend a hand.

Everyone is welcome!

The Friends of The Cynwyd Trail Workday Report for March 2016

The cooler weather didn’t discourage our hard-working volunteers this past Saturday, March 19. It was another productive work day on The Cynwyd Heritage Trail! The larger of our two groups of volunteers gathered at Cynwyd station to cut back grasses and clear the beds, prepping them to be mulched next month. Several plants were moved in preparation for scheduled maintenance on the pedestrian crossing by SEPTA.

Knotweed and vines were removed from around the twig dogwood and the plants were pruned. Now we just wait for them to bloom! At Barmouth, a smaller group cut the tall grasses and cleared the areas around the trees near the parking lot.

Overall, we made great progress and we’re looking forward to enjoying the fruits of our labors now that spring has sprung. A big thank you to all of our volunteers! Your hard work makes a difference! We hope to see you, along with some new faces, at our work day next month. See you on the trail!

Link to March 2016 Cynwyd Trail Workday Photographs:

February Trail Workday Report

On February 20th, an unusually sunny and warm day for February, several groups of volunteers joined the Friends of the Cynwyd Heritage Trail for a successful and productive work day.

Groups from Bryn Mawr College, West Laurel Hill Cemetery, the Aquatic Fitness Center and several others rolled up their sleeves and tackled projects in three separate areas on the trail.

The largest group of volunteers continued a project near the end of Righter’s Ferry Road, which was begun on Martin Luther King Day. The group got in early and made a lot of progress in the ambitious attempt to clear this overgrown section. One more work day and this task should be complete, allowing off-road access to the Pencoyd Bridge section of the trail, prior to the creation of another loop through West Laurel Hill Cemetery.

Near Barmouth, a group of first time trail volunteers pulled out the perpetually sprouting knotweed and cut the English ivy for later removal. Trash was collected by some of our smaller, yet still hard-working volunteers, Zach (6th grade) and Hana (Kindergarten).

Near Cynwyd Station, the suckers and vines were removed, giving the trees in that area room to breathe and bloom as we approach spring. In March we’ll continue removing weeds and start putting down mulch.

We’re right on track this season, thanks to the hard work of all of our dedicated volunteers. Hope to see all of you on the trail!

View February Trail Work Day Photo Album

FOCHT Launch a New Facebook Page!

Even though it’s still cold outside, plans for the trail are heating up! We’re excited for a full year with the bridge open and we have lots of plans for new programs and trail enhancements in 2016. You can stay up to date on all of the trail news by liking our new Facebook page, “The Friends on the Cynwyd Heritage Trail” here. (Yes- we did have a page before, but it was private and our new page is public.)

We’ll be using the page to keep you up-to-date with photos, upcoming events, trail work days and updates. We’d also love to see all of the fun you’re having on the trail as it warms up outside, so definitely post your photos, videos and comments! Please take a moment to “like” our page and be sure to share with your neighbors and friends!

New Facebook Page – Friends of the Cynwyd Heritage Trail

We are looking forward to connecting with you this year!

– The Friends of the Cynwyd Heritage Trail


The Friends celebrated the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. with a very special Work Day.

On January 18, 2016, The Friends of The Cynwyd Heritage Trail were joined by volunteers from BuildOn, St. Joe’s University and Court ordered community service workers, who cleared 300 feet of knotweed and Bamboo along Righters Ferry Road. We uncovered 3 feet of pavement that will serve as a bike path from the Pencoyd Bridge to West Laurel Hill Cemetery.

The Friends along with our tireless volunteers also cut back perennials and ornamental grasses, removed over fifty bags of leaves, dead tree limbs and debris from The Barmouth Trailhead and one of our historic Overlook Points on the trail.

Despite the 18 degree temperatures and a wind chill index that dipped below zero, we had a great turn out and effort. Thank you to all for your hard work. Each and every one of you made a difference!

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