Schuylkill River Trail – Philadelphia, PA


This video shows the Philadelphia portion of the Schuylkill River Trail (SRT). The bike ride took place in late May of 2014. I started filming as I left Manayunk and finished the video near 30th Street Station in Philadelphia. It was a beautiful day for a bike and I’m sure you will notice the bright blue sky throughout the video.

Here’s what TrailLink.com has to say about this portion of the trail:

The Schuylkill River Trail stretches 27 miles along the historic Schuylkill River, from downtown Philadelphia at the Philadelphia Museum of Art out to Montgomery County and Valley Forge National Historic Park. In Philadelphia, the trail uses Fairmount Park trails and the Manayunk Canal towpath. In Montgomery County, the trail follows a former Pennsylvania Railroad line. The trail is the spine of the Schuylkill River Heritage Corridor, a five-county area designated as both a State and National Heritage Area.

Originally conceived of by the Fairmount Park Commission, the trail route grew to include many municipalities. Montgomery County constructed the trail from the Philadelphia City line to Valley Forge National Historical Park. The Chester County Department of Parks and Recreation is currently planning the section between Phoenixville and Pottstown. The Schuylkill River Greenway Association is working on the sections from the Montgomery County line to Birdsboro and from Gibraltar into Reading. And finally, the Schuylkill River Development Corporation is managing the trail construction from the Water Works in Philadelphia’s Fairmount Park and along the tidal section of the Schuylkill River, known as Schuylkill Banks.

The trail is a busy commuter route during rush hour. This trail’s asphalt tread is somewhat narrower than that of many of the new trail. Caution, as well as rail-trail etiquette, should be heeded. This section runs parallel to the Schuylkill River, with numerous access points at businesses and public transit.