Our next tour is on September 28: Archaeology and the new Cresheim Trail

When completed, the Cresheim Trail will extend from Valley Green, up the Cresheim Valley to Wyndmoor, and then along beautiful old railbeds to Fort Washington State Park. We’ll hike along several sections of the Trail in the Wissahickon, visiting and interpreting several of the sites of the many mills that once lined the creek. We’ll follow both modern maps showing the new sections of the Cresheim Trail, as well as Charles Ellet’s 1843 very detailed map Philadelphia which shows and names many of the mills that once lined most of the streams in the age of water power. We’ll conclude with an optional lunch at a local eatery.

Terrain and Difficulty: Walkways and park paths — rated moderate. Wear good walking shoes, dress comfortably, and bring snacks to eat along the way. Trip fee does not include the cost of the optional lunch. 

Rain Date is 9/29 from 9:00 to Noon

The Parks Alliance’s ParkTours program features hikes and walks to magical and often unseen places in Philadelphia’s parks and surrounding countryside.  These evening, half-day and full-day adventures convey the history, power and value of our open space and the need to preserve and protect it. Parks Alliance founder and Board President Bob Thomas and local arborist Ken LeRoy have been designing and leading intriguing ParkTours for many years. Let us know if you would like to lead a park tour or if you are interested in having a tour visit your park.

Public Transit
All starting points are planned to be accessible by public transit. Directions will be furnished upon registration.

If raining or threatening, tours will be cancelled and rescheduled unless otherwise noted. Watch for future listings.

Evening and half-day tours: $15 for Parks Alliance Members ($40.00 for non-members)
All-day tours: $30.00 for Parks Alliance Members ($60 non-members)

Due to the increasing popularity of our tours, we ask that you prepay to reserve your space. In order to preserve the quality of the tour, all full-day tours have a firm limit of participants. Additional registrants will be placed on a waiting list. If you are unable to attend, please let us know at least 48 hours prior to the tour and we will issue a refund or tour credit and offer your space to the next person on the waiting list. No refunds or credits will be issued less than 48 hours before the tour. For additional information, please contact the Philadelphia Parks Alliance: 215-879-8159,

A $5.00 discount will be applied for members of the following sponsor organizations
American Institute of Architects; American Society of Landscape Architects; Appalachian Trail Conservancy; Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia; East Coast Greenway; Green Space Alliance; Hostelling International; Pennsylvania Environmental Council; Philadelphia Parks Alliance; Preservation Alliance for Greater Philadelphia; REI; Schuylkill River Greenway Association; Sierra Club; University City Historical Society; Women's Transportation Seminar.

AIA members are eligible for CE Credits for some of these tours. Contact Pat Schwartz at AIA Philadelphia: