Manayunk Towpath

Shawmont, Pennsylvania

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On this flat hike you’ll walk on the first canal and towpath begun in the United States. Your hike starts from the gentrified downtown area of Manayunk, a former workingclass neighborhood that is now a popular spot for upscale restaurants, night clubs, and shopping. As you make your way farther out of town, you can immerse yourself in the history of the industrial era as you pass rail lines, old canal locks, the ruins of the lock tender’s house and the sluice house, and old textile mills. There are also landscaped areas along the trail, with trees and benches that provide a shaded resting spot with a wide-open view of the Schuylkill River.
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by John L. and Debra Young (Falcon Guides)

On this flat hike you’ll walk on the first canal and towpath begun in the United States. Your hike starts from the gentrified downtown area of Manayunk, a former workingclass neighborhood that is now a popular spot for upscale restaurants, night clubs, and shopping.

As you make your way farther out of town, you can immerse yourself in the history of the industrial era as you pass rail lines, old canal locks, the ruins of the lock tender’s house and the sluice house, and old textile mills. There are also landscaped areas along the trail, with trees and benches that provide a shaded resting spot with a wide-open view of the Schuylkill River.

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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Shawmont
Distance: 4
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 1.5-2 hours
Season: Year-round
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: Manayunk Development Corporation, 4312 Main St., Philadelphia, PA 19127; (215) 487-9137; manayunk.com
Local Maps: USGS Germantown
Driving Directions: Directions to Manayunk Towpath

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Apr 2018