The Schuylkill River Trail

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  stretch from Philadelphia to Parkerford measuring over 30 miles. 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:

  • Sullivan’s Bridge is now Open: This 14-foot wide, 602-foot long bike/pedestrian bridge over the Schuylkill River connects the Schuylkill River Trail with Valley Forge National Historical Park.
  • Kelly Drive Stormwater Management Alert: Construction on several stormwater management devices along Kelly Drive will force periodic trail closures from mid-August through November 2016. Trail users will be re-routed onto a gravel path that runs beside the paved trail. See map of construction area.
  • Reading Trail Closure: Schuylkill River Trail users traveling west of Reading Riverfront Park will not be able to pass under the Buttonwood Street Bridge during bridge construction through April 2017. Trail users should instead take the ramp from River Road up to Buttonwood Street and then use the access road on the opposite side of the bridge to get back to the trail.
  • Schuylkill Banks Boardwalk: A boardwalk along Schuylkill Banks in Philadelphia extends the trail past Locust Street and provides a beautiful area for people to walk and bike along the river. Learn More
  • 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.
  • 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.