Schuylkill River Trail

Fairmount Park, Pennsylvania

Elevation Gain490ft
Trailhead Elevation10ft
Elevation Min/Max2/50ft
Elevation Start/End10/10ft

Schuylkill River Trail

Schuylkill River Trail is a hiking and biking trail in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. It is within Fairmount Park and Schuylkill Banks. It is 6.0 miles long and begins at 10 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 11.9 miles with a total elevation gain of 490 feet. Near the trailhead there is drinking water. Playing Angels and other artworks and the Fairmount Water Works Interpretive Center museum can be seen along the trail. There are also a shelter, a parking, parkings, restrooms, a tree, and a fountain along the trail. This trail connects with the following: Schuylkill Banks Boardwalk and Schuylkill River Connector Trail.

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Best Bike Rides Philadelphia (Falcon Guides)
Tom Hammell and Mark Ploegstra
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"The Schuylkill River Trail is the very popular urban escape route to the country roads in the northwest. The trail parallels the river closely from Center City to Valley Forge and beyond." Read more
60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Philadelphia - 2nd Edition (Menasha Ridge Press)
Lori Litchman
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"Schuylkill Banks is an amazing new addition to Philadelphia’s open space. This trail is part of the Schuylkill River Trail, a proposed 130-mile-long trail along the Schuylkill River. The views are amazing, and you actually feel like you are on top of the river. As the trail weaves its way toward the river, you’ll pass behind the Philadelphia Museum of Art and in front of the Fairmount Waterworks. When you see Fairmount Waterworks, you’ll cross the road and pick up the trail on your left. This is a heavily trafficked trail, so it’s best to stay to the right at all times and keep any dogs on a short leash." Read more

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Trail Information

Fairmount Park
Nearby City
Fairmount Park
Dog-friendly, Stroller/Wheelchair Accessible
Local Contacts
USGS Philadelphia
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