Due to the high probability of rain and snow this afternoon, the TTM Okehocking hike has been CANCELED! We will reschedule this hike later in the spring. You can also join us on Wednesday at 5:30 for a walk in Media Borough. See our FB events or website calendar for details.
The inaugural hike of TTM’s Walking/Hiking group took place yesterday in Ridley Creek State Park. About 20 members joined together to walk the pave five-mile “loop”. Our group ranged from tots to octogenarians and included strollers and dogs. What a great way to enjoy the company of our friends!
Please join us for one of our upcoming hikes.
Saturday, March 2nd, 2 pm (weather permitting) ~ Explore Natural Lands Trust newest preserve “Wawa Preserve”. You’ve seen the signs along Baltimore Pike, now it’s time to get inside.
Meet at the parking lot on Valley Rd, just off of rt 1, immediately behind the Wawa factory. The trial head starts from the parking lot, so we can meet right there. The length can vary, but I would suggest that people allow 2 hrs., so we can do the full loop. The hike can be made longer, if the group desires. These trails are often muddy, so appropriate footwear is recommended. Additionally, there are many low hanging trees and bushes close to the trail, thus long pants, long sleeves and a covered head is highly recommended at all times of the year due to the large number of deer ticks in this area. Leashed dogs are permitted. Strollers are discouraged due to the terrain.
Your guide is Dierdre Konar dierdrekonar
Some additional information from your guide:
.the terrain is not paved and there are numerous hills. I believe that it is a harder trail then the Ridley Creek Loop. Total distance is about 3-4 miles. I will postpone the hike if there is inclement weather, but right now, the forecast is good!
On the Wawa trail hike this weekend, we’ll be doing parts of the following three trails:
The Cornucopia Trail follows a portion of the perimeter of the old Darlington Family Dairy property and offers views of an old Darlington Family homestead as well as Chester Creek. It can be accessed by taking Rt 352 N to left on Forge Rd, then left on Stephen where the trail head begins. The trail’s name was taken from the name of the old family dairy. The terrain is varied with differing grades of inclines. The trail can be accessed from the Darlington Trail, the trailhead located on Stephen Drive, or where it crosses Richard Lane. The trail is marked by orange trail markers and is approximately 1-1/4 miles in length.
Rocky Run Trail
Rocky Run Trail, located in large part on property owned by the Natural Lands Trust, is directly accessible from a parking lot adjacent to the Valley Road bridge over the Rocky Run and is approximately 2-1/2 miles in length with white trail markers. The downstream portion of the trail parallels Rocky Run, one of the most beautiful streams in Delaware County, revealing old-growth hardwoods, steep slopes, and magnificent rocky stream vistas. The trail itself is relatively easy walking and connects at its lower end to the Darlington Trail just before the Rocky Run reaches the Chester Creek. The upstream portion of the trail crosses open meadows below the Granite Farm Estates Retirement Community, wanders through woods on County property, passes the Fair Acres complex, and then connects over private property (the Lima Estates Retirement Community) to the Tyler Arboretum trail network. This in turn interconnects with Ridley Creek State Parks trails.
The Darlington Trail is marked with yellow trail markers and is located on Township-owned open space. Take Rt 1 South past Wawa Dairies and turn right on Darlington Rd just past the Arts Center. It is most easily accessible from the parking lot on Darlington Road. The trail follows Chester Creek for several hundred yards then parallels an old railroad right-of-way. It then crosses portions of the former Darlington Family Dairy through mixed woods, meadows and farmland, thence to return via Darlington Road, or alternatively, to continue on a similar perimeter trail around the portion of the farm north of Darlington Road featuring woodlands, old farmsteads, and meadows exhibiting the presence of the invasive multiflora rose. The entire loop is approximately 2-3/4 miles and the terrain is varied, offering some flat areas and some steeper sections that create exceptional vistas of the rolling Chester Creek Valley.
Saturday, March 16nd, 2 pm (weather permitting) ~ If you’ve got one, bring your pooch to the dog-friendly Okehocking Nature Preserve. Part of the Willitstown Park system, this preserve is on Rt 3 and close to Media. Details to follow. Your guide is Paul Osimo email@example.com.
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