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River Drives Recreation Path

An eight mile path for running, walking or biking


Start at the Philadelphia Museum of Art to pick up the path that hugs the Schuylkill River. Join the runners, bikers, roller-bladers and dog-walkers who make this park hum with activity on any given weekend in the city.

Bring along a picnic and watch the rowers depart from the famous boathouses along Boathouse Row. Or just sit and enjoy the sun shining off the water.

For the full eight miles, follow the path to the East Falls Bridge and cross to the western edge of the river, where the trail becomes slightly quieter, offering beautiful views of Boathouse Row, the Art Museum and Center City Philadelphia.

Come Prepared

At noon, cars that are driving to and from the Zoo are allowed on to the lower portion of the drive, from the Philadelphia Museum of Art to the Sweetbriar cutoff. And during specific events, cars on Kelly Drive may be detoured through East Park.

Outsider’s Tip

City officials close Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive to vehicular traffic on Saturdays and Sundays from the first weekend in April until the last weekend in October, allowing bikers, runners and walkers to enjoy the four-mile stretch without having to worry about traffic.


1 Boathouse Row
Philadelphia, PA 19130

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