Celebrating Across the Circuit: Opening Day for Trails 2018

Get pumped! Opening Day for Trails is next weekend, and we couldn’t be more excited. It’s only the second week of spring, and the trails are already showing significant signs of activity – joggers, bikers and others have dusted off their bikes, grabbed their running shoes, and hit the trails with friends, family and furry companions, to enjoy the outdoors after a (long) winter season.

Opening Day for Trails is an annual celebration organized by Rails-to-Trails Conservancy (RTC) that marks the unofficial start of trail season, where community members come together nationwide to explore and enjoy the benefits that multi-use trails have to offer our communities.

Here at home #onthecircuit, we’re celebrating with some excellent events all across our region in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Our trail partners and organizations have lots of excitement planned. From nature walks and bike rides, to trail cleanups and birding classes, there’s an event for everyone to enjoy. Read below to see what you can do with your friends and family on Opening Day!

Philadelphia County

11th Annual Philly Spring Cleanup at the Walnut Street Bridge – 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM – Walnut Street Bridge, Philadelphia, PA

Pulaski Park Riverside Cleanup and Port Richmod Trail – 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM – Pulaski Park, Philadelphia, PA
Cleanup, Connect, Celebrate! Tacony Creek Park – 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM – Tacony Creek Park, Philadelphia, PA

East Coast Greenway’s bike ride from Cobbs Creek to Bartram’s Garden – 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM – Cobbs Creek Community Environmental Education Center, Philadelphia, PA

Fairmount Water Works’ Mussels on Wheels – 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM – Fairmount Water Works Interpretive Center, Philadelphia, PA

Opening Day for Trails – Manayunk Bridge (free fitness classes, group run, dog walk + more!) – 8:00 AM – 11:30 AM Manayunk Bridge Trail, Bala Cynwyd, PA 

Montgomery County

Bike to Opening Day for Trails – 9:30 AM – 12:00 PM – Downtown Narbeth, PA

Bala Cynwyd, PA

Explore the Circuit Bike Ride – Cross County and Schuylkill River Trails – 1:00 PM – Plymouth Meeting, PA


Delaware County

Pre-Spring Photo Walk with Ned Levi – 8:00 AM – 10:00 AM – John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge at Tinicum, Philadelphia, PA

Nature Tots – 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM – John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge At Tinicum, Philadelphia, PA

Junior Ranger Insect Walk – 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM – Schuylkill River Greenways NHA – Douglassville, PA


Chester County

Ten-Mile Chester Valley Trail Ride – 9:30 AM – 11:00 AM – Berwyn PA


Burlington County

Clean Communities Park Litter Cleanup 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM – Mount Holly, NJ

Bird Watching with the Young Birders Club – 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM – Mount Holly, NJ


Camden County

Petty’s Island Spring Shoreline Clean Up – 8:30 AM – 12:00 PM – Pennsauken Township, NJ

Planting at Cooper’s Poynt Waterfront Park – 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM – Cooper’s Poynt Waterfront Park, Camden, NJ

Rails with Trails Pop-Up Event – 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM – Camden, NJ


Mercer County

Birding 101 – 8:00 AM – 10:00 AM – Mercer County Park, Trenton, NJ

Wellness Walks at the Marsh (Roebling Park) 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM – Tulpehaking Nature Center, Trenton, NJ


Don’t forget to tag your pictures with #onthecircuit so we can see how you’re enjoying the great outdoors for Opening Day. We can’t wait to see you on the trails next Saturday!








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