Bartram’s Mile Now Open in Southwest Philadelphia

A new section of trail that will eventually connect to Schuylkill Banks in Philadelphia opened on Earth Day. The 15-foot-wide multi-use path extends along the western bank of the Schuylkill River through the grounds of historic Bartram’s Garden, which was frequented by George Washington, Thomas Jefferson and other boldface names from history. The new trail starts at the 56th Street Plaza and continues for 1.1 miles to the Grays Ferry Swing Bridge.

The easiest way to enter this new path is at 56th Street and Lindbergh Boulevard, which will bring trail guests right to the 56th Street Plaza, an area that offers prime skyline views. There’s plenty of parking available at this access point.

The the trail ends at the Schuylkill Crossing swing bridge, a future project which, when complete, will connect Bartram’s Trail to the Schuylkill Banks. Bartram’s Mile is a part of the Schuylkill River Trail, though it doesn’t yet connect with the popular Center City portion of the trail. Read More