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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.Become a Member
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Trail Alerts & Updates
Angelica Creek Trail in Reading is Closed
The Angelica Creek Trail will be closed at the bridge crossing for the next 6 to 8 months due to city sewer repair work. The trail will be closed from the Schuylkill River Trail at Brentwood Drive to the rear gate of the Waste Water Treatment Plant. The Angelica Creek Trail is near The Berks Nature/Nature Place in Reading and connects to the Schuylkill River Trail near the Brentwood Trailhead. Contractors estimate the Angelica Creek Trail will reopen sometime between July and September, 2020. Check for updates about the construction at berksnature.org/trails.
CLICK HERE to read a Reading Eagle article with more details about the construction project.
- This notice was posted on February 7, 2020 & may not be current
Chestnut Street Bridge in Philly Closed to All Traffic
The Chestnut Street Bridge in Philadelphia over the Schuylkill River, between Schuylkill Avenue and 23rd Street, has been CLOSED since July 2019 and will remain so for one year due to major rehabilitation. The bridge will be closed to motorists, pedestrians and cyclists for the duration of the closure. Schuylkill River Trail users will be detoured to the trail access at Walnut Street or Market Street.
- This notice was posted on August 30, 2019 & may not be current
SRT in Auburn is Closed
The Schuylkill River Trail in Auburn, Schuylkill County from River Road to Route 895 is closed through March 2020 to transport coal silts for an environmental remediation project. Find alternative routes using the interactive map.
- 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
- 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 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
- Schuylkill River Greenways was named as the “2018 Conservation Organization of the Year” for trail connections made in Schuylkill County ... CONTINUE READING