News and Notes

Trail Updates

Karakung Trail Update: 0.7 Miles “Completed”.  You can now enjoy a hike or jog through the Powder Mill Valley along Karakung Drive from Manoa Road to near Mill Road any time of the week without competing with cars and trucks.  Take care on the trail - the wood chip surface is still settling in, there are still a few steep sections. The new trail roams through the field and woods and crosses the road twice. Due to space constraints, you will need to use the road shoulder to reach the sidewalk at Beechwood Station.  Many thanks for their hard work during the last few weeks to a hardy band of trail builders: John Berberian, Rich Kerr, Jim O’Brien, Barry Pineiro, Joe Walker, and Andrew and Peter Puglionesi.  Thanks to Haverford Township for cleaning off the road shoulder with a bobcat and to the many volunteers (HTCC, Scout Troop 464, Penn/Temple Phi Kappa Sigma brothers, and other Friends) that worked so hard since February on this. 

Your Trails? Ideas for several trails, extensions and connector spurs are floating about. Let us know if there is a good “could be” in your neighborhood that you would like to turn into a real trail. If you would like to join in and tend the trail and the woods, contact Peter Puglionesi,, 610-446-2145.

New Bike Route in Haverford Township!


Buck/Meadows/Williams to Haverford Reserve: In April 2012, the Haverford Township Public Works Department installed Bike Route signs along Buck Lane, Meadows Lane and Williams Road beginning at Haverford Road and ending at Darby Road. Users can cross at the Darby Road intersection using a pedestrian cross walk to a paved half-mile long side path along Parkview Drive into the Haverford Reserve, providing access to the 168-acre Community Park. The designation of the 1.33 mile bidirectional Bike Route by the township was a project of the Friends of Haverford Trails and is unique in Haverford Township. It joins a small group of such routes in Delaware County, including the 8 mile Bicyclists’ Baltimore Pike. The route is marked by four standard green “Bike Route” signs in each direction, funded by a grant from the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia through its Delaware County Cycling Committee. This route provides a safer parallel alternative to College Avenue, connects to a new stairway and paved path to the Haverford station on the SEPTA Route 100 Norristown High Speed Line and passes by Coopertown Elementary School and playing fields. The route designation was endorsed by 5th Ward Township Commissioner Jeff Heilmann and received the support of the Coopertown Civic Association. 

June Events

HERITAGE FESTIVAL: Sunday June 3, 2012 11 AM to 4 PM – Karakung Drive.  Enjoy the history, music, food, and drink and come visit our booth at the festival.  The Wheelmen will be there with their historic “high wheel” bikes.  See for full information.  The road is closed for the festival, so it is easiest to bike in – there is plenty of “bike parking”.  Alternatively, take the R-100 Norristown High Speed Line to Beechwood-Brookline Station, or hike all the way in.  If you train, drive or hike to the outskirts, try the new trail through the woods!

BIKE: Sunday June 10, 2012 10:30 AM - Haverford Heritage Trail & Darby Creek Trail (Unpaved).  Level D, 8-12 mph, 10 miles. Meet at the Grange Estate, 143 Myrtle Avenue, Havertown, PA. Route will cover several historic sites along the Haverford Heritage Trail (Old Methodist Church, St. Denis Church, Nitre Hall), the route of the future Darby Creek Trail (currently an unpaved trail with a few rough surfaces and walk through sections) and end back at the Grange for the Ribbon Cutting of the Haverford Heritage Trial (1 PM). Off-road sections require 25cc tires or wider (hybrid, touring or mountain). Route is short and there will be stops at each historic site.  Please contact the ride leader with any questions:  Christopher Allan Shelton,, 484-557-8627
Ribbon Cutting and HIKE: Sunday, June 10, 2012, 1:00 PM – Grange Estate.  Join the Haverford Township Historical Society and Friends of Haverford Trails in celebrating the official “opening” of the Haverford Heritage Trail, a 14-mile biking or walking loop around Haverford Township that highlights over 30 historic sites. The event will start at the Grange Estate, 143 Myrtle Avenue, Havertown PA.  After the ribbon cutting ceremony, Haverford history guru Mary Courtney will lead a walk along the first leg of the Heritage Trail, including the new Karakung Trail, through the Powder Mill Valley to Nitre Hall and Beechwood Station, site of the former Beechwood Amusement Park. About 3 miles of easy walking on wood chip trails and sidewalks. Please contact the hike leader with any questions:  Mary Courtney,, 610-446-7988.

HIKE: Sunday, June 24, 2012, 8 AM, Lost Woods of Pilgrim Gardens.  Join Westgate Hills resident Dan Goldfischer and FHT in rediscovering a lost forest in Haverford. We will hike the beautiful future southern segment of the Darby Creek Trail. When it crosses Burmont Road at the ballfield it takes you into another world - a surprising forest that most of us never knew was there.  Meet at Glendale Park on Glendale Road. 3-4 miles of flat easy walking with one section along a narrow road shoulder. Please contact the hike leader with any questions:  Dan Goldfischer,, 610-789-8156.

BIKE THE LIBRARY GARDEN TOUR: Saturday, June 16th, 11:00 AM, Third Annual Library Garden Tour. Get on your bike and leave your car and parking hassles behind!  Leisurely ride on the back roads with stops to tour Haverford’s most beautiful gardens, but there are some hills.  Maximum distance 7 miles. Helmets and water required.  Tickets are now on sale at the Library front desk. Purchase your ticket prior to June 16th for $15, or the day of for $20. On tour day, pick-up your ticket and map at the Grange Estate, 143 Myrtle Avenue, Havertown, PA, between 10:30 and 11 AM.  Ride leaves at 11 AM, although bike route maps will be available after that time, if you want to bike it yourself.  After the tour, return to the Grange at 3:30 pm for a reception and tour of their gardens. You may also purchase plants as part of the Grange's annual plant sale (if you have a “Townie Basket”). We will stay together and regroup as necessary - although cue sheets will be available if you want to do the route on your own.  Leader: Peter Puglionesi,, 610.446.2145.

HIKE: Friday, June 29, 2012, 6 PM, Llanerch Crossing section of the Haverford Heritage Trail.  Join Llanarch resident and Haverford history guru Mary Courtney in a walk from Llanerch Crossing along the Haverford Heritage Trail.  Enjoy a double dose of healthy – great body exercise and great brain exercise learning about history right in our back yard. 3-4 miles of flat easy walking on sidewalks. Please contact the hike leader with any questions:  Mary Courtney,, 610-446-7988.

HIKE: Sunday, July 1, 2012, 8 AM, Lost Woods of Wynnewood.  Join Penfield resident Joe Walker and FHT in rediscovering a lost forest in Haverford. Meet at the bottom of the Beechwood-Brookline Station on Karakung Drive (near Mill Rd. and the Beechwood Bridge).  We will hike the beautiful new trail through historic Powder Mill Valley, cross over to Old Manoa Road and into another world - a surprising forest that most of us never knew was there which is actually part of Fairmont Park.  This includes one steep narrow path, so bring a good pair of sneakers. On the way back, we will walk down Powder Mill Lane, through the park and along another scenic path on the other side of Cobbs Creek. 3-4 miles of easy walking with one hilly narrow section in each direction. Please contact the hike leader with any questions:  Joe Walker,,  610-554-5874.