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Schuylkill River Trail

A 26.5-mile, multi-use path from Philadelphia to Phoenixville

Schuylkill River Trail

The 26.5-mile trail is a favorite for bicycle clubs, families, runners and walkers Credit: R. Kennedy for Visit Philadelphia

Description

Overview

This recreational path runs along the Schuylkill River from Center City Philadelphia, through Valley Forge National Historical Park in Montgomery County and ends in Phoenixville, Chester County.

The 26.5-mile trail is a favorite for bicycle clubs, families, runners and walkers. If this loop isn’t long enough, continue through the park to link up with the 19-mile Perkiomen Trail, a multi-use path leading to Green Lane Park. The Montgomery County portion of the trail, which starts near the Shawmont neighborhood in Philadelphia, is paved for its entire length.

Come Prepared

Most of the trail is a 10- to 12-foot wide paved surface with grass shoulders, and gets very busy on weekends. Parking is available at several train stations along the R-6 Norristown line, as well as at Valley Forge Park’s Betzwood Picnic Area. But you really don’t need a car to enjoy this trail, since it’s easily accessible by public transit. Taking your bike up to Norristown by train is a great option, because you can hop right on the trail for an easy ride up to the park, or back to Philadelphia.

Don’t Miss

Bike Freedom Valley, a June fund-raising ride that supports the Greater Philadelphia Bicycle Coalition.

Outsider Tip

The Schuylkill River trail extends all the way to the Schuylkill Banks. Take the trail to Manayunk, the Art Museum or beyond. It’s worth a quick side trip to Mill Grove via the Audubon Loop, just past Valley Forge Park.

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