Upcoming Events

Volunteer Days, Trail Events, and Meetings

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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.


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:

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Saturday, June 6th – 8:45 / 9:00 A.M.

Please join us at the 4th Annual Cynwyd Trail Trot and Family Fun Walk on Saturday, June 6th! It gets bigger every year so come again or join us, if you are a first timer.

Included this year is a family fun walk, so bring the whole family!

Purpose: The Friends of the Cynwyd Heritage Trail are hosting the 4th annual 5k run on the Trail to support improvements to the Cynwyd Heritage Trail.

When: Race and walker check‐in starts at 8:00 AM with walk start of 8:45 AM and race start of 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: $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 brynmawrrunningco.com (click on ‘Events’ and search by date)


Mail payment with (this form*) to: P.O. Box 695, Bala Cynwyd, PA 19004. Make checks payable to “Friends of the Cynwyd Heritage Trail”.

Click here to register

2015 Upcoming Events

2015 FOCHT Board Meetings

(Second Monday of the Month)

FOCHT board meetings are open to the public. Our meetings  are held the second Monday of every month at 7:30p  at the Bringhurst Funeral Home in West Laurel Cemetery Funeral Home. (Enter the Cemetery from Belmont Ave across from the Bala Cynwyd Playground. The Funeral Home is on the left.)

March 9
April 13
May 11
June 8
July 13
August (No meeting)
September 14
October 12
November 9
December 14

2015 Trail Workdays

Lower Merion Township sponsors the Trail Workdays, the primary way we join together to beautify and maintain the Trail.  Workdays are usually held on Saturdays beginning at 8:30a, and we usually meet at Barmouth Station (locations are announced as the dates near). We provide tools, supplies, gloves, and refreshments for volunteers. Come out and enjoy! For more information regarding volunteer opportunities, contact the Friends at info@cynwydtrail.org.

March 7
April 11
May 16
June 20
July 18
August (No Work Day Scheduled)
September 19
October 17
November 21
December 19

All you need to do is sign the Township waiver and the rest is up to you. For your convenience,  below are links to the Lower Merion Waiver. If you complete the PRINT version, please bring it to the event.

LMT Volunteer Waiver (print version)

LMT Volunteer Waiver (electronic signup)

Past Events

National Bike to Work Day
Monday May 19.

Cynwyd Heritage Trail Spur Public Meeting/Workshop
Date: Thursday, March 6
Time: 6p – 7:30p (NOTE: Start time has changed from 7p to 6p.)
Location: West Laurel Hill Cemetery.
Contact: info@cynwydtrail.org
Spur Design Workshop Flyer

Phase II Public Meeting/Workshop
Date: Thursday, February 27
Time: 6p – 7:30p
Location: West Laurel Hill Cemetery.

Martin Luther King Day
Special workday on the Trail
Date: January 20
Time: 9:00a
Location: Barmouth Trailhead, end of E. Levering Mill after crossing Belmont Avenue
Friends Annual Meeting
Date: November 19
Time: 7:30p
Location: West Laurel Cemetery
Friends of the Cynwyd Heritage Trail/Township Sponsored Workday
Date: October 26
Time: 9:00 a.m.
Location: Basin, near Bala Cynwyd Park 398 Trevor Lane, Bala Cynwyd, PA 19004
October 22 – Great Outdoors
Date: Tuesday , October 22
Time: 6p
Location:Barmouth Station: 175 East Levering Mill Road, Bala Cynwyd PA 19004 (at the end of E. Levering Mill Rd after crossing Belmont Avenue)
Price: Free
Presented by:  Dr. Thomas Klein
September 24 – If the Shoe Fits
Date: Tuesday, September 24
Time: 1:30p
Location:Barmouth Station: 175 East Levering Mill Road, Bala Cynwyd PA 19004 (at the end of E. Levering Mill Rd after crossing Belmont Avenue)
Price: FREE
Presented by: Dr. Grossman
West Laurel Hill’s – Woof Wag and Walk
Date: Saturday, Septemeber 21
Time:  1:00-4:00, 2PM Guided Tour
Friends of the Cynwyd Heritage Trail Weeding Wednesday
Date: July 17
Time: 6pm-8pm
Location: Cynwyd Station Trailhead
Friends of the Cynwyd Heritage Trail Green Machine/PHS Workshop with Zya Levy
Date: Sat. July 13th
Time: 10 AM
Location: The Lutheran Settlement House
Independence Day Celebration
Date: July 4, 2013
Time: 8:45am
Location: Union Fire Association n Montgomery Ave.
Pennsylvania Horticultural Society Chanticleer Field Trip
Date: Saturday, June 1
Time: 9:00 a.m. (for transportation, if you need it)
Location: 100 N 21st St, Philadelphia, and then Chanticleer by 10 a.m.
Cost: Free!
Contact: Nicolas Esposito,  nesposito@Pennhort.org
www.chanticleergarden.orgAll groups are invited to PHS’s Chanticleer Field Trip (limit of 3 people per group). If you need transportation, meet at PHS (100 N 20th St, Philadelphia) at 9 a.m. We plan to arrive at Chanticleer by 10 a.m. Please RSVP to Nicolas Esposito <nesposito@Pennhort.org> by May 15 with the names of people attending and your transportation needs.On behalf of The Circuit Coalition, the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia invites you to the launch of the Circuit Commitment Campaign.
PHS Design Meeting on the Trail
Date: May 30, 2013
Time: 5:30p
Location: Basin, near Cynwyd Park
Cost: Free
Date: Saturday, May 18
Time: 8:00a
Location: Meet at the Barmouth Station Trail Access at the end of Levering Mill Road Free!
An Evening with Frank Weer; Railway Historian (Conservancy)
Date: Thursday, May 16
Time: 7:45 PM
Location: Waverly Heights, 1400 Waverly Road, Gladwyne, PA 19035
Cost: Free!
Audience: Adults, children ages 8 & up
Event: FOCHT 5K
Date: May 11, 2013
Time: 9am
Location: Barmouth Trailhead
9th Annual Native Plant Sale (Conservancy)
Date: Thursday, May 9
Time: 10:00 AM
Location: Rolling Hill Park, 1301 Rose Glen Road, Gladwyne
Info: Call us at 610-645-9030 to receive our color catalog.
Audience: All ages!
Sheet Mulching (PHS)
Date: Saturday, May 4
Time: 10:00 AM- 12:00PM
Location: Starr Garden (6th and Lombard St.)
Cost: Free
History Detectives: Super Sleuth History Hunt (Conservancy)
Date: Saturday, May 4, 2013
Time: 10:00 AM
Location: Rolling Hill Park 1301 Rose Glen Road, Gladwyne
Cost: LMC Members $5 per person/$10 per family, Non-Members $8 per person/$18 per family
Audience: Adults, children ages 6 & up
Spring Bird Migration Walk (Co-sponsored by West Laurel Hill Cemetery)
Date: Saturday, April 27
Time: 8:30 AM
Location: West Laurel Hill Cemetery, 225 Belmont Avenue, Bala Cynwyd. Meet in the back parking lot of the funeral home, 100 yards inside the Belmont Avenue entrance (south of Levering Mill Rd).
Cost: Free!
Audience: Adults, children 12 & up
The Sustainability of Honey Bees: the Evolution of a Beekeeping Industry. (Conservancy)
Date: Monday, April 22
Time: 7:00 PM
Location: St. Joseph’s University, Philadelphia PA
Cost: Free!
FOCHT Workday
Date: April 20
Time: 9a
Location: Barmouth Trailhead

It’s A Green Thing! (West Laurel Hill Cemetery)
Date: April 14
Time: 9:30am – 11:00am

Family Fishing in West Mill Creek Park (Conservancy)
Date: Saturday, April 13
Time: 9:30 AM
Location: West Mill Creek Park, W. Mill Creek Road & Old Gluph Road, Penn Valley

The Role of Indigenous Pathways in Ecosystem Recovery– Lecture and Book Signing (Conservancy)
Date: Thursday, April 11,
Time: 7:45 PM
Location: Waverly Heights, 1400 Waverly Road, Gladwyne, PA 19035
Audience: Adults, children ages 12 & up

Free Pruning Workshop
Date: Saturday, March 23
Time: 10-12p
Location: Bala Cynwyd Park, 398 Trevor Lane, Bala Cynwyd PA 19004

19th Annual StreamWatch Census (Conservancy)
Date: Saturday, March 23,
Time: 9:00 AM
Location: West Mill Creek Park, W. Mill Creek Road & Old Gluph Road, Penn Valley

Easter Egg Hunt (West Laurel Hill Cemetery)
Date: March 23, 2013
Time: 10:00am
Location:Conservatory on the grounds of the Cemetery
Ages: 10 and under
Cost: Free

Martin Luther King Day of Service
Date: January 21, 2013
Time: 9:00a
Location: meet at Bala Cynwyd Playground parking lot (off Trevor Lane)

Cynwyd Heritage Art Show at Townhall
Date: January 11, 2013
Time: 5p-9p
Location: 358 Montgomery Avenue, Bala Cynwyd PA 19004

Abandoned to Amazing: Creating Ardmore’s Linwood Park and the Cynwyd Heritage Trail
Date: January 3, 2013
Location: 100 Conway Avenue, Narberth PA
Cost: $6.00

Black Friday Walk to Manayunk
Date: November 23, 2012
Time: 11am
Location: Cynwyd Station

2012 FOCHT Cynwyd Station Planting
Date: September 29 and 30
Time: TBD
Location: Cynwyd Station

Free Rain Barrel & Composting Workshop
Date: Saturday, October 13
Time: 10a – 12p
Location: Board Room, Township Administration Building, 75 E. Lancaster Ave, Ardmore

Pints for the Park
Date: Saturday June 9th, 2012
Time: 6:00p – 9:00p
Cost: $30

Mulch Day
Date: June 2
Time: 9-1

Location: Barmouth Trailhead
Go Green Awards
Date: May 15, 2012
Time: 6p
Location: Appleford, 770 Mt. Moro Road, Villanova

The Schuylkill River: Past and Present
Date: Thursday May 17, 2012
Time: 7p
Location: Bryn Mawr Film Institute
Cost: (at the door) members, $22.50; non-members, $25.00

Become a PHS Tree Tender!
Date: Spring: Thursday, May 17
Time: 5:45p
Date: Fall: Wednesdays, October 3, October 10, & October 17
Time: 5:45p

Location: Pennsylvania Horticultural Society, 100 N 20th St, Philadelphia, PA 19103
Link: www.phsonline.org

Planning Meeting:
Date: February 27th
Time: 7:30 PM

Location : Lower Merion Academy building
Climate Reality: Change or Crisis in the 21st Century
Date: March 3, 2012
Time: 10:00 a.m.
Location:  The Bala Theater, 157 Bala Ave, Bala Cynwyd
(with a meet-and-greet with the speaker at the Church of St. Asaph following)
Cost: Free
Phone: 610.664.0966
Link: www.saintasaphs.org

Cynwyd Heritage Trail Winter Trek
Date: Sunday, February 5
Time: 10:00 AM

Martin Luther King Day of Service
Date: January 16, 2012
Time: 8:30a
Location: Barmouth Crossing

Marcellus Shale Drilling in Pennsylvania
Date: Thursday, January 12
Time: 7:45 PM
Location: Waverly Heights, 1400 Waverly Road, Gladwyne
Audience: Adults, children ages 12 & up

Winter Bird Count
Date: Sunday, January 8
Time: 8:30 AM

Location: Rolling Hill Park, 1301 Rose Glen Road, Gladwyne
Audience: Adults, children ages 2
Full Moon Festival

Date: Saturday, January 7
Time: 7:00 PM
Location:Rolling Hill Park, 1301 Rose Glen Road, Gladwyne
Price: $4/person, $10/family
Audience: Adults, children ages 5 & up

New Year’s Walk
Date: Sunday, January 1st  (Rain date:  January 2nd, 2012).
Time: 10:30
Location: SEPTA Bala Railroad Station at Bala Ave. & City Ave


This year: A walk on the new Cynwyd Heritage Trail, with sweeping views of Manayunk and the Schuylkill River Valley.

Meeting Place: The SEPTA Bala Railroad Station at Bala Ave. & City Ave., served on Sundays by Bus Routes 44 and 65.  We’ll meet at 10.30 am for conversation, and begin the walk at 11am sharp. There is free parking at Bala Station on Sundays. We’ll stop for a cozy lunch in Manayunk after the walk, returning by SEPTA bus to Bala.

Date: Sunday, January 1st, with a raindate of Monday, January 2nd, 2012.

Bring: Binoculars and camera to observe wildlife and points of interest. Picnic beverages and snacks for the walk. Also, warm clothes and good walking shoes or hiking boots as the weather may require. The trails are sometimes hilly, but well graded..

RSVP: Not requested.  More info or need a carpool? Call 215-387-9242, or e-mail Bob at rthomas@campbellthomas.com