Current Cresheim Trail
Beginning in 2012, the Friends of the Cresheim Trail have built over two miles of sustainable, natural surface trail within City-owned parkland. It’s become a well used, much loved trail for hikers, dog walkers, and mountain bikers. As of 2023, there are four primary access points:
- Lincoln Drive & Allens Lane (7300 Lincoln Drive): trailhead with Friends of the Wissahickon kiosk
- Cresheim Road & Allens Lane (7300 Cresheim Road): across the street from SEPTA Richard Allen Station
- Germantown Avenue & Cresheim Valley Drive (7600 Germantown Ave): adjacent to future bridge crossing, Krisheim Memorial pergola
- Emlen Street & Cresheim Road (7320 Emlen St): direct access into Wissahickon Valley Park trail network; Buttercup Cottage
The Cresheim Trail is on Google Maps, but the alignment is outdated. OpenStreetMap has the most up-to-date version of the trail HERE, including the Friends Loop trail which FOCT built with support from Chestnut Hill Greenspace, Philadelphia Parks & Recreation, and Friends of the Wissahickon in April 2023.
Proposed Cresheim Trail
The remaining segments of the proposed Cresheim Trail primarily traverse old railroad rights-of-way, including the Pennsylvania Railroad’s Fort Washington Branch and the Reading Railroad’s Plymouth Branch. FOCT is actively working with the City of Philadelphia, Montgomery County, Springfield Township, and additional agencies to build the next phases of the Cresheim Trail to provide a safe, off-road alternative to high speed local roads for recreation, transportation, and connecting with neighbors.
On the Philadelphia side, as of 2023, FOCT is currently in planning and coordination with the City to reach Stenton Avenue. Also in 2023, FOCT built the Friends Loop, a one-third mile loop trail through an old quarry on the Chestnut Hill side of Cresheim Valley Drive.
On the Montgomery County side, in 2021 per an agreement with Springfield Township (Montgomery County), developers Foxlane Homes constructed a half-mile segment of the trail between Willow Grove Avenue and Paper Mill Road, parallel to PA-309, as part of their Falcon Hill Estates project. In 2022, the Township completed a restoration project of Mermaid Park, which contains the headwaters of Cresheim Creek and a future connection to the Cresheim Trail. And the trail has been a central component to the Township Trail Plan in development.
(Map courtesy of NV5.)