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Schuylkill River Trail

A 30-mile multi-use path from Philadelphia to Parker Ford...

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

The 30-mile trail is a favorite for bicycle clubs, families, runners and walkers.

The trail draws more than 20,000 runners, bikers and commuters each year.

The Experience

Most of the Schuylkill River Trail is a 10- to 12-foot wide paved surface with grass shoulders, and it 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 since the trail is easily accessible by public transit, a car isn’t really needed to enjoy it.

The Schuylkill River Trail is just one small part of the Circuit Trails . 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.

Don’t Miss

Extending the popular Schuylkill River Trail, the Schuylkill Banks 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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