Voted Best Urban Trail

In 2015, the Schuylkill River Trail took first place as the Best Urban Trail in USA Today’s 10 Best Readers Choice poll.
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Hit the Trail!

Welcome to the Schuylkill River Trail, a multi-use path that will extend 120 miles from Frackville in Schuylkill County, through Montgomery, Chester and Berks Counties to Philadelphia. It travels through the historically rich region of southeastern Pennsylvania. The trail passes through rural, agricultural, suburban, urban, and industrial landscapes. The Schuylkill River (pronounced SKOO-kill), Dutch for Hidden River, is where the American, Industrial and Environmental Revolutions were born.

Most of the trail is built over abandoned railroad lines. Today, over 75 miles of paved and crushed stone trail are open to the public. Along its path, trail users can see evidence of several centuries of industrial development, canal navigation, railroad transportation, quarrying of limestone and iron ore, and the production of iron and steel.

Connecting the Trail

The Schuylkill River Trail (SRT) is owned, managed, maintained and developed by a number of organizations who have come together to form the Schuylkill River Trail Partners. Until several years ago, the Schuylkill River Trail existed in unconnected sections known by the names given to them locally. Enormous efforts have been made to connect these sections, close gaps, create a unified sign system and promote the trail as a single entity. This work continues with plans to close several remaining gaps, and to extend the trail in Philadelphia at the lower end and in Schuylkill County at the upper end.

Current Trail Projects

Support the SRT

Your membership donation supports the Schuylkill River Trail and the many other projects and programs that benefit the entire Schuylkill River region. Schuylkill River Greenways works with partners to improve trail access, create a uniform sign system, and improve trail amenities. The nonprofit operates and maintains more than 30 miles of the trail in Berks and Schuylkill Counties. Maintenance and upkeep along these sections of the trail are done solely by volunteers. Help us build and complete the Schuylkill River Trail.

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Trail Alerts & Updates

Trail Alerts
Heavy rainfall impacts sections of the SRT

Sections of the Schuylkill River Trail have been impacted by recent heavy rainfall. Some spots are wet and some areas are extremely muddy. Please be cautious. If you would like to know more about a particular section, find out which organization manages it through our "Trail Partners" page.  

  • This notice was posted on July 12, 2019
Tree removal project leads to SRT temporary closures in Berks County

Some of the Schuylkill River Trail in Berks County may periodically be closed over the next four weeks because of a tree removal project. On Wednesday, May 8, an arborist started the process of removing more than 200 dead and diseased trees along a section of the Schuylkill River Trail in Berks County known as the Thun Trail. Trail sections in the area may be closed according to the following timeline:

  • May 8 to 17: Angstadt Lane Trailhead in Cumru Township, west to Wyomissing Road in West Reading
  • May 20 to 31: Angstadt Lane Trailhead east to Proudfoot Drive in Robeson Township
  • June 3 to 7: Stowe in West Pottsgrove Township, west to Morlatton Village area in Amity Township.

The Schuylkill River Greenways National Heritage Area requests trail users to obey closure warning signs and use extreme caution while traveling the trail. The tree removal schedule may be extended due to inclement weather. Find out more about the trail sections listed above and how to find alternative routes during closures by visiting the Schuylkill River Trail interactive map at schuylkillriver.org./map.

Trail Section Reopened after Bridge Repair

The Dairy Road Bridge in East Vincent Township (west of Spring City) was successfully repaired on Feb. 23. In January, the bridge collapsed along the Schuylkill River Trail therefore closing the trail section until repairs could be made. Park ranger staff have inspected the location and give the OK for reopening the SRT section. The SRT segment is now safe for use by the public.

Lot Next to Morlatton Village Trailhead is now Opwn

The parking area next to the Morlatton Village Trailhead “480 Old Philadelphia Pike, Douglassville” is now open after being barricaded for a tree removal project. 

SRT in Auburn is Closed

The Schuylkill River Trail in Auburn, Schuylkill County from River Road to Route 895 is closed through August 2019 to transport coal silts for an environmental remediation project. Find alternative routes using the interactive map.

Trail News & Updates

CELEBRATORY KICKOFF UNVEILS DETAILS OF AUBURN BRIDGE PROJECT

  • The Schuylkill River Greenways National Heritage Area had a celebratory kickoff on Dec. 5, 2018 for the official announcement of the Auburn Bridge Project which will rehabilitate a former Pennsylvania Railroad bridge as part of the extension of the Schuylkill River Trail ... CONTINUE READING

HUNDREDS PARTICIPATE IN 3RD ANNUAL RIDE FOR THE RIVER

  • The sun-filled fall day on Sept. 29 did not go to waste for the 300 bicyclists that spent it outdoors on the Schuylkill River Trail as part of the 3rd Annual Ride for the River ... CONTINUE READING

ZEPHZ JOINS SRT SPONSOR-A-TRAIL PROGRAM

  • Zephz Athletic Footwear, a worldwide brand based in the U.S., recently agreed to provide a one-year $500 donation to the Schuylkill River Greenways National Heritage Area’s Sponsor-a-Trail program ... CONTINUE READING

SRG RECEIVES 2018 CONSERVATION ORGANIZATION OF THE YEAR AWARD

  • Schuylkill River Greenways was named as the “2018 Conservation Organization of the Year” for trail connections made in Schuylkill County ... CONTINUE READING
Trail Events

RHODODENDRON RIDE BICYCLE TOUR - JUNE 22. 2019

  • SRG in partnership with the Blue Mountain Eagle Climbing Club invites you to a 13-mile bicycle tour along the Bartram Section of the SRT. Bicyclists will ride through the beautiful, mountainous views of upper Berks and Schuylkill Counties ... CONTINUE READING