Schuylkill River Trail is a Winner in USA TODAY National Contest

The Trail Came in 3rd Place out of 20 Nominees

The Schuylkill River Trail is a winner in the 2021 USA TODAY 10Best Readers’ Choice Contest for Best Riverwalk.

A panel of urban planning experts and USA TODAY 10Best editors selected 20 American trails as the initial nominees for the national contest which were announced in January. The pubic then had a month to vote for their favorite trail. On Feb. 26, the top 10 winners were announced on the USA TODAY 10Best website. The Schuylkill River Trail came in third place, following the Wilmington Riverwalk in second place and the Detroit International RiverWalk in first place.

More than 75 miles of the Schuylkill River Trail exist across five counties of historically rich Southeastern Pennsylvania. Trail users can enjoy both the trail and views of the Schuylkill River at several areas along the pathway, which will extend 120 miles when completed.

In 2015, the Schuylkill River Trail took first place as the Best Urban Trail in USA TODAY’S 10 Best Readers’ Choice Contest. The trail was also selected as a top trail to visit in Pennsylvania on the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy blog. The Schuylkill River Trail is a major spine trail in the Circuit Trails network, a developing regional network of trails in Southeastern Pennsylvania and Southern New Jersey. To learn more about the Schuylkill River Trail, visit



The mission of the Schuylkill River Greenways National Heritage Area is to connect residents, visitors and communities to the Schuylkill River and the Schuylkill River Trail. The trail is owned and managed by several partners. Schuylkill River Greenways manages and constructs the trail in Berks and Schuylkill Counties. Learn more at


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