The Schuylkill River Heritage Area has been accepted as a 21st Century Conservation Service Corps (21CSC) site, paving the way for the Heritage Area’s efforts to build a sustainable Conservation Corps effort in Schuylkill County.
Schuylkill River Heritage Area Trail Sustainability Coordinator Tiara Campbell is working to establish a Heritage Conservation Corps that will assist museums, parks, and other Heritage Area attractions, provide career training and development, and ultimately build the Schuylkill River Trail…more
Work crews recently installed a series of LED lights along the Thun Section of the trail between Old Wyomissing Road and the Reading Area Community College pedestrian bridge. The 10 lights replace existing solar lights that were no longer functioning properly. The new LED lights improve visibility and safety for the many people who use that section of trail after dark to commute to and from Reading…more
Due to repairs on a fallen retaining wall along MLK Drive and the Schuylkill River Trail, the trail will be closed between MLK Drive and Race Street through January 20. According to information provided by the City of Philadelphia, the trail will be temporarily rerouted to remove pedestrian and bicycle traffic from the construction area. That detour will run from Franklin Paine’s Skate Park though Eakins Oval to 22nd street, then down 22nd street…more
Schuylkill River Heritage Area former Executive Director Silas Chamberlin’s new book, “On the Trail: A History of American Hiking,” was released by Yale University Press in October 2016. This groundbreaking book is the first full account of the unique history of the American hiking community and its rich, nationwide culture.
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On September 24, the Schuylkill River Heritage Area debuted Ride for the River, a bike ride that benefitted and took place along the Schuylkill River Trail. It proved to be an overwhelmingly successful first-time event, attracting over 300 cyclists who rode either a 16- or 40-mile route. While most of the ride followed the Schuylkill River Trail, participants began and ended at a free music festival held by Sly Fox Brewery. Learn more…more
POTTSTOWN—Sly Fox Brewing Company presented a check for $4,711 to the Schuylkill River Heritage Area recently to benefit the Schuylkill River Trail. The money was raised through the sale of SRT Ale, a seasonal beer introduced by Sly Fox last year to benefit and celebrate the Schuylkill River Trail. Sly Fox Brewmaster Brian O’Reilly presented the check to Schuylkill River Heritage Area Executive Director Silas Chamberlin at Sly Fox’s popular Can…more
On August 19 Valley Forge National Historical Park & Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) cut the ribbon on Sullivan’s Bridge, a newly constructed bike/pedestrian bridge over the Schuylkill River that connects the Schuylkill River Trail with Valley Forge National Historical Park. It replaces a wooden walkway that was built alongside the Route 422 bridge and is a welcome addition to the park and the trail. Learn more
In fall 2017, the Statewide Greenways & Trail Summit will be held in Reading, PA at the DoubleTree By Hilton Reading. It will be hostedwill be hosted by the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR), Pennsylvania Recreation and Park Society (PRPS) and local hosts-Schuylkill River National and State Heritage Area and Berks Nature.
This three day conference is the most important gathering of Pennsylvania’s trails community and will expose hundreds of…more
The Schuylkill River Heritage Area is proposing to build a pedestrian bridge at the Schuylkill River Trail crossing of Route 724 in Douglassville, Berks County to improve safety of trail users who must now cross a busy roadway. Read more…more
White Deer Run at Blue Mountain recently agreed to adopt a two-and-a-half mile section of the Schuylkill River Trail for a three-year period. The adopted stretch is located on the Bartram Section of the trail beginning at the Kernsville Dam Trailhead in Hamburg.White Deer Run at Blue Mountain is a residential treatment program for adults who are struggling with addiction. Program Director Leslie Eckert, who is also a Schuylkill River…more
The Manayunk Bridge Trail opened on Friday, October 30 at a ribbon cutting ceremony attended by hundreds of enthusiastic trail-users. This long awaited re-purposing of a SEPTA bridge (originally built by the Pennsylvania Railroad in 1902) is a fantastic achievement and testament to a wonderful collaboration among trail advocates and many agencies, jurisdictions and non-profits. The bridge connects to the Schuylkill River Trail via a short on road route. Learn more about…more
WEST CHESTER—Sprout Music Collective owner Dan Sellucci presented a check for $450 to the Schuylkill River Heritage Area recently to benefit the Schuylkill River Trail. The money was raised during a special fundraiser held last month at Sprout, located at 130 E. Prescott Alley, in West Chester. The fundraiser featured music, basket raffles and SRT Ale, a beer brewed by Sly Fox Brewery, in Pottstown to support and celebrate the Schuylkill River Trail. Sellucci…more
On September 2nd, federal, state and local officials gathered along the Schuylkill River Trail in Philadelphia to celebrate the trail’s being named USA Today’s Best Urban Trail in America.
Among the speakers were some of the state’s top officials including Cindy Dunn, secretary of the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources; John Quigley, secretary of Department of Environmental Protection and Leslie Richards, secretary of the Department of Transportation, who was formerly a…more
Maintaining the Schuylkill River Trail is a challenge that would not be possible without help from volunteers. Schuylkill River Trail Ambassadors are volunteers who play a crucial role in assisting trail users, alerting authorities about maintenance issues and generally serving as the eyes and ears of the trail. Read more from WFMZ.com at: http://www.wfmz.com/Community/Proof-Positive/proof-positive-schuylkill-river-trail/34792244
Interested in being a trail ambassador? Click here…more
The Greater Reading Trails System in Berks County has been named a Bronze Level Ride Center by the International Mountain Bicycling Assn. The system’s 125 miles of trails are all accessible from the Schuylkill River Trail. Read more about this prestigious designation…more
Schuylkill River Trail Maps have been placed at selected visitor sites throughout the region, where they will be available while supplies last. Scroll down for a list of sites where maps have been placed. The brochure unfolds to a total length of about 40 inches, allowing for a map that delineates the whole Schuylkill River Trail, including completed, planned and on-road sections from Philadelphia to Pottsville. The map also pinpoints trailheads and connecting trails…more
In April, a new two-mile section of the Schuylkill River Trail opened in Phoenixville, connecting the Route 29 bridge with the Cromby Trailhead on the border with East Pikeland Township. From the Cromby Trailhead it it can be followed another six miles to Parkerford. Heading east, the trail joins with a 26-mile section from Phoenixville to Philadelphia. When the Schuylkill River Trail is complete, it will stretch along the 128 miles of the…more
A new addition to the Schuylkill River Trail is coming to Schuylkill Haven. While construction is not likely to occur for two years, the Schuylkill County commissioners approved a $250,000 grant application in April to build a 1.03-mile trail between Pennsylvania Avenue in Schuylkill Haven and Memorial Drive in North Manheim Township. The grant comes from the state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Community Conservation and Partnership Program. Read more…more
Montgomery County Community College’s West Campus in Pottstown was recently designated a Bike Friendly University by the League of American Bicyclists. It is, along with Santa Monica College, one of only two community colleges in the nation to earn that designation. The Bicycle Friendly University program recognizes institutions of higher education for promoting and providing a more bikeable campus for students, staff and visitors. MCCC is located near the Schuylkill River Trail and bike…more
Hunting season has officially started! Since some sections of the Schuylkill River Trail run through wooded areas where hunting is permitted, take precautions when you’re out on the trail. Wear bright orange so you are visible to hunters. When walking or jogging carry items that make noise such as bells. Beware that white hats and mittens can resemble a deer’s tail, and that red and green can look brown in dusky light. Click…more
Queen City Family Restaurant of West Reading, recently agreed to adopt a one-quarter mile section of the Schuylkill River Trail for a three-year period.
The adopted stretch is located on the Thun Section of the trail, in Reading, directly across Route 10 from the restaurant. It runs from the historic Fix-Gerber Cemetery to Schlegel Park, incorporating the Powell pedestrian bridge that crosses over Lancaster Avenue. Queen City Family Restaurant, which is owned…more
The new boardwalk over the Schuylkill River opened October 2 along the Schuylkill Banks in Philadelphia, successfully extending the trail from Locust St. to the South St. Bridge. The new section of trail, constructed by the Schuylkill River Development Corp., not only extends the trail but adds a beautiful new feature to Philadelphia, and a new opportunity for people to exercise, recreate and commute along the river. Read more…more
The Schuylkill River Heritage Area cut the ribbon on a new section of the Schuylkill River Trail on July 23. The ribbon cutting ceremony was attended by about 30 people, and the ribbon was snipped by Sen. Dave Argall. It took place near the corner of Walnut and Canal Streets in Leesport Borough. The 1,843-foot long, 10-foot wide, gravel multi-use trail begins at Belleman’s Church Road in Ontelaunee Township and…more
We want to thank Bethany Children’s Home, located in Womelsdorf, for signing on as our newest Adopt-a-Trail member. They will now help maintain a section of the Schuylkill River Trail Thun Section, in Berks County, near the Angstat Lane Trailhead, and they have already begun! They had a crew out last weekend, pruning branches and picking up litter and debris–a much needed task after the long winter. As Adopt-a-Trail…more
The Schuylkill River Heritage Area recently renamed a bridge along the Schuylkill River Trail in Reading the Powell Bridge, in honor of longtime trail construction manager Dwight Powell. The bridge provides a crucial crossing over the busy intersection of Lancaster Avenue and Route 10 in West Reading. Powell provided value engineering which enabled construction of the bridge, after skyrocketing steel prices elevated project costs beyond what was budgeted by the Heritage Area. Read more…more
Sloan Valve Company, headquartered in Franklin Park, IL, recently agreed to provide a three-year $4,500 donation to the Schuylkill River Heritage Areaâ€™s Sponsor-a-Trail program for care and upkeep of a 3-mile stretch of the Schuylkill River Trail Thun Section.The section of trail included in the sponsorship stretches from Douglassville to the Birdsboro Trailhead. In addition to their monetary contribution, Sloan representatives recently surprised the Schuylkill River Heritage Area…more
The Bethany Children’s Home in Womelsdorf has signed on to the Schuylkill River Heritage Area’s Adopt-A-Trail Program, agreeing to conduct routine trail maintenance for a three-year period along the Thun Section of the Schuylkill River Trail between the Angstat Road Trailhead and Poplar Road in Cumru Township. The Adopt-A-Trail program was developed by the Schuylkill River Heritage Area in 2010 to engage civic groups, schools and other community…more
The section of the Schuylkill River Trail that will connect East Coventry with Pottstown will be completed by 2016, Chester County Commissioners said at a recent meeting. Read more…more
On May 31, a coalition of non-profit organizations and public sector representatives to officially introduce The Circuit – a regional network of trails and connections providing unprecedented mobility and access to pedestrians and bikers. The trail network has the potential to become a prized regional amenity that connects people to jobs, outdoor recreation, shopping destinations, schools, and transit. As part of the campaign, trail users can visit www.connectthecircuit.org for detailed trail information, including…more
The proposed Big Woods Trail will connect the Schuylkill River Trail’s Thun Section with French Creek State Park. The trail will be built in phases, with the first phase scheduled to begin in Union Township next fall. Read more…more
Through 2009 trail users will have seen survey forms at major trailheads. Well the results of the survey are finally in! Thank you to everyone who participated. The collection of this data enriches trail managers pictures of the trail community and provides firm data for us to make our case for the SRT as a key regional trail that is worth investing in…more