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“Relics & Ruins”: A Hike Through the Remnants of Park Past with Brad Maule

As one of America’s oldest urban parks, Fairmount Park has accumulated many layers of history… sometimes literally!


Saturday, February 26, 2022


9:00am - 12:00pm


Belmont Plateau
West Fairmount Park, Army Rd
Philadelphia, PA 19131

A closer exploration of the landscape of East and West Fairmount Park reveals the ruins of abandoned infrastructure and buildings that go back to the beginnings of the 178 year old park, and sometimes even further. Most of the year,  nature cloaks these hidden treasures in dense growth, but the bare woods of the winter provide the perfect time to go off the beaten path.  Join veteran hike leader Brad Maule and Public Programs Coordinator John Sigmund — both park history enthusiasts, for a guided exploration of the relics and ruins of West Fairmount Park. We’ll start at Belmont Plateau and touch upon a section of the Trolley Trail. Next we’ll find the hidden remnants of the rails tracks of the Philadelphia Columbia Railroad. Finally, we’ll explore the ruins of the  George’s Hill Reservoir, taking in one of the most secret and spectacular city views. If you’re fascinated by Philly history and discovering hidden treasures of park past, this hike is not to be missed!  

PLEASE NOTE: this hike will have some challenging sections that require agility. Because we will occasionally venture off trail, you are encouraged to wear sturdy hiking boots and rugged outerwear that can withstand scrapes from sharp sticks and branches (please… no fashion or formal wear! Haha).

TICKET PRICES: Pay what you can – $15, $20, or $25
[ Not sure what to pay? Please refer to this Sliding Scale Pricing FAQ for additional info. ]

MEMBERSHIP BENEFITS: If Philadelphia’s parks make a difference in your life – consider becoming a member of Fairmount Park Conservancy and help ensure that Philadelphia’s parks are enhanced for generations to come. PLUS members register first for events and enjoy discounts on park experiences including Treetop Quest, Shofuso and more!


  • Please dress according to weather conditions.
  • Please wear sturdy shoes suitable for hiking
  • Bring water and a snack
  • Appropriate for adults

 By registering for this event you are agreeing to follow ALL of these protocols:

  • This event will be capped at 16 people. Please only register if you fully intend to attend and let us know if you need to cancel ASAP.
  • All participants must wear a mask for the duration of the event
  • Participants must maintain 6 feet of distance from one another during the event
  • If you or anyone in your household are exhibiting COVID-19 systems, please stay home.

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