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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



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.

The trail, which bears more than 20,000 runners, bikers and commuters each year, was named the number one urban trail in the country in the 2015 USA TODAY 10Best Readers’ Choice Awards.

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.

Schuylkill Banks Boardwalk

Philadelphia’s fantastic outdoor spaces continue to grow with the opening of the Schuylkill Banks Boardwalk in Fall 2014.

Extending the popular Schuylkill River Trail, the Boardwalk is a 2,000-foot-long concrete pathway along the shoreline from Locust Street another four blocks south to connect to the South Street Bridge. The pathway connects to the South Street Bridge via a 460-foot-long ramp that provides pedestrian, bicycle and ADA-compliant access to the Schuylkill River Trail.

The riverside path is 15-feet wide and includes four scenic overlooks for those who want to relax and take in spectacular waterfront views of the Philadelphia Skyline.

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The Circuit

The Schuylkill River Trail is just one small part of the Circuit. Aimed at bringing all of the region’s fantastic biking trails together, the Circuit is a planned network of 750 miles of bike and pedestrian trails. To date, more than 300 miles of trails have been completed.

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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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