Cafe & Rec

Springtime in the Park!

We’re back!

And open 7 days a week.


We would like to extend apologies for the initial announcement that The Cedars House would reopen to a seven day schedule this Spring. Due to projected weather forecasts for April and May, the cafe will only open Wednesday through Sunday; and will resume its 7 day schedule in early June. 

Although the cafe will be shut down on Mondays and Tuesday, we invite your inquiries for private luncheons, parties and catering orders during this time.

Spring Hours (1)

Fresh Art

The work of watercolorist Suzanne Marinell is on display here at Cedars now through May. Featuring nearby landscapes of the Wissahickon, Morris Arboretum, Fort Washington State Park and the Schuykill River.

“When I paint a landscape, whether external or internal, I want the viewer to know how I felt when I was there. I understand much better where I have been when I explore that place through my art. I hope that when people observe my work, they will go on interesting travels themselves as they explore my colors, shapes, and moods, and will perhaps want to go where I have been, or will realize that they have already been there.”
-Suzanne Marinell


Suzanne cordially invites you to her artist reception on Earth Day 2018; Sunday, April 22 from 11am to 1pm in the cafe and activity room.

Bi-Annual FOW Photo Contest
Submissions Open 4/2

Artists, photographers, writers, poets, and musicians can all claim the Wissahickon Valley as a muse. So what’s stopping you from joining their ranks and entering the Biennial Wissahickon Photo Contest 2018? This year’s contest is being presented by FOW, the Wissahickon Valley Watershed Association, and (for the first year ever) the Woodmere Art Museum. Entrants can submit up to 4 photos and submissions will be accepted from April 2 to October 15.

Photos can be submitted electronically here

Contest Rules:
– All photos must be taken within the Wissahickon Valley Park, along the Green Ribbon Trail, or on one of the WVWA managed preserves
– Enter only photographs taken by you, the entrant
– Categories are People, Wildlife, Landscape, and Structures
– Enter photos taken within the last 3 years
– You may enter up to 4 photos
– Photos should be high resolution (at least 300 DPI) and in one of the following file formats: .tiff, .eps, .jpg, .png, or .gif
– File names should follow this format:
last name_category_submission number or
last name_youth_category_submission number
EX: smith_wildlife_1.jpg or smith_youth_wildlife_4.jpg
– Location of the photo must be included in the description of each photo.
– Provide a current phone number, email and mailing address
– Entrants who wish to have your their photo displayed at the Winners Reception should submit a paper copy of the photo to the Wissahickon Valley Watershed Association at 12 Morris Road, Ambler, PA 19002. All prints should be on quality paper sized 8″ x 10″

Spring Activities & Events

Wissahickon Day Parade
04.29.18   12pm
On Forbidden Drive at The Cedars House

The Wissahickon Day Parade is a celebration of the 1920’s protest which caused the naming of Forbidden Drive. In 1921, the president of the Fairmount Park Commission, E.T. Stotesbury proposed opening all park roads to automobile traffic.  This proposal met the protest of the Philadelphia Riders and Drivers Association which now is known as the Chestnut Hill Riders and Drivers of the Wissahickon.  In their protest, they launched a “Save the Wissahickon” campaign.  The campaign resulted in almost 1,000 people on horseback and in horse drawn carriages marching down the Wissahickon Turnpike to show their support for keeping the park free of automobiles.  The equestrians were supported by 12,000 spectators.  Because of their successful defeat of the proposal, Wissahickon Turnpike became known as Forbidden Drive. Each year, riders and drivers assemble at the Northwestern Equestrian Facility and march down Forbidden Drive in celebration of equestrian activities, the Wissahickon Creek and the preservation of this historical trail.
Courtesy of Northwestern Stables

The 2018 annual Wissahickon Day Parade (WDP) will be held on Sunday, April 29. The parade is the oldest annual equine parade in the US and is sponsored by the Wissahickon Valley Riding and Driving Association (WVRDA).

The Parade will start at 12:00 PM, departing from Harper’s Meadow. Line-up will start with carriages, in front of Northwestern Equestrian Facility (NWEF) at approximately 11:45 AM. Riders will fall in line behind the carriages starting at Harper’s Meadow. The Parade will travel to Forbidden Drive and continue along the Drive to the judging area at Valley Green Inn.

Lunch Bunch Walk & Talk:
The Heart with Linda Stern MD
04.04.18    10:30am-1pm
Meet at The Cedars House

Explore issues around food, health, and well-being while exercising in our beautiful park and sharing a meal together. We will take a brisk walk to the Covered Bridge and back to get our heart rates up and our endorphins pumped! Over lunch, we’ll discuss a variety of health-related issues. Linda is a retired physician who has a passion for looking at health from different points of view and wants to hear from you.

Topic: Heart Health

Lunch is not included. All participants are responsible for their own lunch and can pre-order at The Cedars House (call 267-536-9533). Distance: 2 miles.

Lunch Bunch Walk & Talk:
GMOs with Linda Stern MD
04.18.18    10:30am-1pm
Meet at The Cedars House

Explore issues around food, health, and well-being while exercising in our beautiful park and sharing a meal together. We will take a brisk walk to the Covered Bridge and back to get our heart rates up and our endorphins pumped! Over lunch, we’ll discuss a variety of health-related issues. Linda is a retired physician who has a passion for looking at health from different points of view and wants to hear from you.

Topic: Genetically Modified Organisms

Lunch is not included. All participants are responsible for their own lunch and can pre-order at The Cedars House (call 267-536-9533). Distance: 2 miles.
Courtesy of Parks & Rec
Spring Migration: Andorra Meadow
05.13.18  7:30am-9am
WEC Treehouse

Meet local birder Martin Selzer at the Tree House, to catch spring migration, at what should be the peak of songbird migration in Harper’s and Andorra meadows. All ages.

Registration is required at

Wissahickon Valley Park (81)




Winter in the Wissahickon

Shorter hours for The Cedars House, but still so much fun
to be had in the Wissahickon this Winter!

The Cedars House will be closed Mondays and Tuesdays throughout the Winter.

Weekdays 8am to 2pm
Weekends 8am to 3pm

Don’t forget- come December, Wissahickon Valley Park is under curfew. Please be on your way out by 8pm. Thank you for your cooperation.


Mark your calendars for these awesome events!

FOW Trail Ambassador Lecture & Hike:
Hiking the Appalachian Trail
01.13.18  1pm
Meet at The Cedars House

FOW Trail Ambassador Lisa Myers presents a slideshow of her 2010 Appalachian Trail hike. From March to October, 2,176 miles, Georgia to Maine, Lisa will discuss what a thru-hiker’s life was like day to day, the planning involved, and the lessons learned after the hike was over.


FOW Trail Ambassador Lecture & Hike:
Winter Wonderland
01.24.18  10am
Meet at The Cedars House

Do you love frosty mornings, seeing your breath and hiking in cold weather? Get your daily dose of “nature” and join Trail Ambassador Kris Soffa for a Winter walk on Forbidden Drive. We’ll hike along Forbidden Drive from The Cedar’s House Cafe to the Covered Bridge and back. You’ll learn fun facts about what is happening in the woods & in the Creek even while the wintry Wissahickon appears to be sleeping. Dress in layers for “cold weather hiking”. Bring a snack and beverage. Fitness (or Ski Poles) and non-slip footwear are recommended. Distance: 2 miles round trip


FOW Trail Ambassador Lecture & Hike:
Historic Roads and Bridges of the Wissahickon
02.11.18   3:30pm
Meet at The Cedars House

Join us for a PowerPoint presentation on the historic roads and bridges of the Wissahickon. Veteran and all-star Trail Ambassador, Sarah West, will be sharing her knowledge on the historic past of the Wissahickon.

Registration is recommended for all hikes (required if indicated) so that participants can be informed of weather or other emergency cancellations. Unless otherwise specified, Trail Ambassador Hikes may be on rocky, rugged trails that may be wet and slippery. Wear sturdy shoes or boots with socks. Long pants are recommended for protection against occasional poison ivy and possible ticks. Bring water and a snack if desired. Unless otherwise noted, children eight and older are welcome if accompanied by a responsible adult. Walks are cancelled in heavy rain or icy conditions. For more information or to register visit


Maple Sugar Day
02.24.18 11am-3pm
Forbidden Drive, in front of The Cedars House

Join us on Forbidden Drive for our annual Maple Sugar Day. There will be ongoing maple sugaring demonstrations, pancakes with real maple syrup, a taste test of different pancake toppings, and freshly made maple candy to taste. Pennsylvania Maple Syrup products will be available for purchase. All ages. NO REGISTRATION. Just stop by for our favorite free yearly event!

The Cedars House will be on vacation for the month of March.
Closed February 25th,
reopening March 30th.

Faerie Market Registration is Open!

On October 21, the Hogwarts Express will be pulling into Chestnut Hill Station for Chestnut Hill College’s Annual Quidditch Tournament. Due to the large crowds that overwhelmed Germantown Avenue in the year prior, The Cedars House is creating an extra destination in Wissahickon Valley Park!

$25.00 for a 10x10ft space
Additional $15.00 for table rentals

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We are now accepting applications for vendors.
We welcome artists and crafters’ original work, as well as vintage and antique sellers. No food vendors or MLM will be considered.

We have a limited number of spaces and tables!
Apply today and 
 The Cedars House will contact you with 48 hours.

Labor Day in the Park

Spending Labor Day in the Park? Stop by! We’ll be open 9am-3pm.
Please note:
The Cedars House will be closed Mondays and Tuesdays this Fall following Labor Day.

Attn: FOW Safety Incident Report 8/24

On Aug. 23, a female runner was assaulted around 6:30 pm in the southern/East Falls portion of the Wissahickon Bike Trail.
In what they are calling a random attack, police have arrested two teenage males, who the woman said harassed and jumped her.
Police say they are increasing patrols along the trail.

While Wissahickon Valley Park is a remarkable place to get away from it all, we’re still in a big city. Despite our best efforts, sometimes things happen. We want all our visitors to have fun and be safe, so please remember these important tips:  

  • Exercise with someone whenever possible. If going it alone, stay aware of your surroundings.
  • Trust your instincts. If you sense trouble, leave. Report any suspicious activity or crimes to the police via 911. Help Locators are listed on new signs posted throughout the park at major trail intersections.

Friends Of The Wissahickon posts crime alerts as necessary, so sign up for text alerts by texting WISS to (267)966-2207.

Music in the Park! July 2017

It’s always cooler in Valley Green!
The Cedars House will be open daily 8am to 3pm all summer long!


We encourage weekend park goers to bring a blanket and relax in the shade of Cedars. Our summer concert performances will be free, BYOB and dog friendly.

Join us this Sunday to hear the delightful sounds of Diane L. Reimer at The Cedars House! Diane is an accomplished keyboardist, vocalist and harmonica player whose delivered skillful performances at Cedars time and time again. Her ecclectic mix of American rock and pop covers are sure to compliment the atmosphere of a Sunday afternoon in the Wissahickon!

Brittany Linn is a passionate musician who has been sharing her talents for over 20 years. She has performed at many bars, restaurants, and coffee shops in Pennsylvania, Delaware, and New York. Brittany plays music from a range of genres including popular hits of today, classic songs, and original music.

Independence Day in the Park!


Attn: FOW Announcement 7/2

New! Summer 2017

Summer is just heating up and we’ve added a few new options to help you cool down.

Sole Raspberry-Lavendar Kombucha

Sole Kombucha is made simply and traditionally. The bottles are not forced carbonated, they are bottle conditioned. Bottle conditioning allows the “fiz” to form naturally on its own. The result: smoother smaller bubble, less burp, no bloat. Sole is made with clean, sustainable, non-GMO, local and organic ingredients. We source local farmers for fruits, herbs and spices that make its recipes just right. The result is a crisp, refreshing, not too tart, not too sweet, great with food, loaded with probiotics, super healthy, low in calorie, vegan, gluten free and fabulous refreshment!

La Colombe Draft Lattes

The first-ever Draft Latte, now in a convenient can. Experience the full taste and texture of a true cold latte, complete with a frothy layer of silky foam. Draft Latte is made with real ingredients like nutrient-rich and lactose-free milk and cold-pressed espresso. It’s naturally sweet with no sugar added. Best enjoyed cold!
Three flavors to choose from- Vanilla, Mocha & Triple Shot!
Lactose-free & Gluten-free.
Made in Philly.


Lemoncocco™ is a new premium, non-carbonated drink made with a delightful blend of lemon and coconut flavors. Inspired by the distinctive lemon and coconut stands found along the cobblestoned streets of Rome, Lemoncocco is made from the extracted the flavor of Sicilian lemons and an added a splash of coconut cream. Naturally light and refreshing, it is the perfect afternoon or weekend drink.