FOW TA Diane Garvey leading a hike in the Wissahickon

Enjoy August in the Wissahickon, when Friends of the Wissahickon (FOW) Trail Ambassadors are offering free hikes in Wissahickon Valley Park.

Trail Ambassador Walks

Registration is recommended for all hikes so that participants can be informed of weather or other emergency cancellations. Unless otherwise specified, Trail Ambassador hikes may use rocky, rugged trails that may be wet and slippery. Wear sturdy shoes or boots with socks. Long pants are recommended for protection against occasional poison ivy and possible ticks. Bring water and a snack if desired. Unless otherwise noted, children over seven years old are welcome if accompanied by a responsible adult. Walks are cancelled in heavy rain. For more information or to register, contact Sarah Marley at For updates, go to

  • Welcome Summer— Exploring the Woods and Meadow with Kimberly Quinn, Saturday, August 2:  9 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Meet at the Cedars House:  Northwestern Avenue and Forbidden Drive

Hike to the Andorra Natural Area behind Cedars House and the Wissahickon Environmental Center.  Visit the Fallen Magnolia, Great Beech, Detention Pond, Black Farm Ruins, and Observation Loop. Then circle around to Bells Mill Road onto Forbidden Drive and return to Cedars House. Estimated three-mile, moderate walk. Wear good shoes and bring binoculars, cameras and water!  Children 8 and older with a responsible adult.

Join FOW as we celebrate our 90th anniversary with a year-long schedule of special events. For more information, go to:  Follow FOW on Facebook and Twitter. For more information or to become a member, visit

Friends of the Wissahickon: Celebrating 90 Years—Countless Friends


Erin Mooney, Publicist