Belmont Plateau Cross Country CoursePhiladelphia, PA, United States

Tree Tour along the Trolley Trail

By Fairmount Park Conservancy (other events)

Saturday, May 4 2024 9:30 AM 11:30 AM EDT

Join Fairmount Park Conservancy and Andrew Kirkpatrick, the city's Urban Greening Coordinator, for a two-mile tree identification hike along the historic Trolley Trail. 

From sweetgums to tulip poplars to magnolias — our urban forests are teeming with a variety of tree species. On this hike, we'll learn to identify commonly found trees based on their leaves, branches, and bark. We’ll take time to observe the body language of trees – why they grow the way they do and what we can learn about the life of the forest. And we’ll pepper our conversation with tree trivia related to history, culture, economy, and uses.




-Hike is roughly two miles over a combination of flat and hilly gravel paths.
-Appropriate for adults and families with children ages 14 and up. Minors must be registered and accompanied by an adult.
-Please dress according to weather conditions and wear good hiking shoes (boots/sneakers).
-Please bring your own water and snack (drinking water is not available in the park).
-Unfortunately, there are no bathrooms located nearby so please plan accordingly.
-We will leave a few minutes after the scheduled start time. Please arrive at the departure location at least five minutes early. We cannot guarantee that latecomers can join after the group has departed.

GETTING THERE/PARKING: We'll meet at Belmont Plateau Cross Country Course entrance (parking lot next to the Car Barn building). From Montgomery Drive, turn onto the gated park road with blue “Car Barn” sign at the entrance. The parking lot is a few hundred feet ahead. There is plenty of free parking in the park. As always, NEVER leave valuables in your car!  If traveling by public transit, the nearest stop is at Belmont Ave and Belmont Mansion/Fairmount Park Drive – a half-mile walk from the start. The closest Indego bike station is at Parkside and Belmont Ave – also a half-mile walk from the start.

INCLEMENT WEATHER POLICY: This event will take place in light rain. In the event of heavy rain or other severe conditions, the event will be canceled and attendees are eligible for a full refund.


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