June is working overtime. Not only is this month National Aquarium and Zoo Month, but it happens to be National Trails Month as well. For the remaining Saturdays of the month, the Pennsylvania Environmental Council will sponsor bike rides and walks on various trails in the area for trekkers of all levels.
On Saturday, June 14, riders will meet at Canal View Park at 4424 Main Street in Manayunk at 10 a.m. for a 30-mile Schuylkill River Trail ride. You’ll head north on the trail, lead by Jeff Knowles of the PA Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, and then pass through Conshohocken and Norristown. If you’re anything like me following a ride, you’ll be a ravenous beast. Luckily, a picnic lunch will be set up in Valley Forge National Historic Park for you to reload after the trip.
Another 30-mile ride is on the forecast for Saturday, June 21. Participants will meet this time at 8:30 a.m. at the Ambler SEPTA Train Station on West Butler Pike in Ambler, PA and prepare to ride along the 202 Parkway. Curt Venditti of Michael Baker Corporation, the engineering firm that designed the trail will lead the way to Doylestown and then to 34 East Tavern in Ambler for lunch.
The final Saturday of the month, June 29 is a much shorter affair: a 2.5 mile walk along Cobbs Creek Trail. One group will leave the Porch at 30th Street Station at 10 a.m. and the other will depart from 61st and Baltimore at 10:30 a.m. The walk will take you through Southwest Philadelphia and end at Bartram’s Gardens where provisions will be presented before a trolley ride back to 30th Street Station.
Note that there is a registration fee for the rides if you want grub, but if you’re just there to roll or walk along, you’ll just need to pre-register—the experience is free.