The Schuylkill River Trail

Welcome to the Schuylkill River Trail, a multi-use trail in Southeastern Pennsylvania with a projected length of almost 130 miles when complete. There are currently over 60 miles of finished trail, including a 26-mile stretch from Philadelphia to Phoenixville. A shorter Chester County segment of about six miles runs from just outside Phoenixville in Cromby to Parkerford. The trail breaks off in Parkerford and picks up again in Pottstown where it continues for about 20 miles to Reading. While the Reading to Hamburg section has not yet been built, cyclists can follow a signed on-road route for about 20 miles to get from Reading to Hamburg. In Hamburg, trail users can access a scenic seven-mile stretch to Auburn in Schuylkill County. The trail is a great way to enjoy the outdoors, exercise or commute. This site provides maps and information to help you access the trail and get the most from your visit.

Trail Updates:

  • Volunteers needed! Help clean up the trail during the SRT Spree. Five cleanups planned. Volunteers needed at Kernsville Dam Trailhead, near Hamburg, Saturday April 18, 8-10 a.m. Free T-shirts for volunteers! Free voucher for the new SRT Ale for all volunteers over age 21. Click here to volunteer for any SRT Spree Trail Cleanup!
  • Wondering what parts of the trail are plowed in winter? Click here for a breakdown of which sections are cleared of snow and which aren’t.
  • Sullivan’s Bridge Project: A bike/pedestrian bridge is currently being constructed in Valley Forge to bring trail users across the Schuylkill River. It will replace an existing walkway alongside the Route 422 bridge when the project is completed. Estimated date of completion is May 2016. Learn more.
  • Schuylkill Banks Boardwalk: A boardwalk along Schuylkill Banks in Philadelphia was constructed in Fall 2014 to extend the trail past Locust Street, so that it is now possible to continue along the trail to the South St. Bridge. Not only does this improve the trail, but it’s a fun way to travel, bringing you literally on top of the water. Learn More
  • Exercise caution during hunting season, particularly in those sections that go through wooded areas. Wear bright orange so you are visible to hunters.

About the Schuylkill River Heritage Area

This website is managed by the Schuylkill River Heritage Area. Please visit our official site at www.schuylkillriver.org to learn more. Sign up for our email list to receive information and updates about the Schuylkill River Trail and our other projects and programs.

Do you use the trail? Consider making a donation to the Schuylkill River Heritage Area. Why donate? We have taken the lead in creating a unified sign system, printing and distributing trail maps, and improving trail heads. We also operate and maintain 28 miles of the Schuylkill River Trail in Berks and Schuylkill Counties and are always working to expand and improve the trail in those areas. Click here to learn more or donate.

Schuylkill River Trail Council

The Schuylkill River Trail was built, and is managed, by different organizations and municipalities. These groups, and other entities, form the Schuylkill River Trail Council: Schuylkill River Development Corp., Fairmount Park, East Falls Development Corp., Manayunk Development Corp., Montgomery County, Valley Forge National Historical Park, Chester County, Schuylkill River Heritage Area, Berks County Planning Dept., Borough of Hamburg, Schuylkill County and PA Dept. of Conservation and Natural Resources. Contact information for members of the council is on the Links page.