Join Us in Reviving the Reading Gateway Section of the SRT

Schuylkill River Greenways needs the community’s help to revive a section of the trail in Reading. The Reading Gateway Initiative will revitalize a portion of the Thun Section on the Schuylkill River Trail by raising funds to install a camera system, repair trail lights, and other needs. CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE

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SRT During COVID

Trail Status & Safety During COVID-19

All sections of the Schuylkill River Trail are open to the public but park amenities may be closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Get the most current information about each trail section through our Trail Partners Page. Please continue to check county and local municipality recreation websites for updates on the status of public facilities in your area. Notices about closures and other guidelines concerning the coronavirus disease are constantly evolving.

CLICK HERE TO CHECK STATUS OF EACH TRAIL SECTION 

CLICK HERE TO VIEW TRAIL SAFETY DURING COVID FLYER

Recommendations for physical distancing & trail safety during COVID-19

We ask you to please keep the national and state recommendations of social distancing and hand washing in mind while using the Schuylkill River Trail. The National Recreation and Park Association has provided tips and information about keeping a safe social distance in parks and on trails during the COVID-19 pandemic. Some of these tips are listed below.

  • Follow CDC’s guidance on personal hygiene prior to heading to trails — wash hands, carry hand sanitizer, do not use trails if you have symptoms, cover your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing, etc.
  • Observe at all times CDC’s minimum recommended social distancing of six feet from other people. Practice it and know what it looks like. Keep it as you walk, bike or hike.
  • Warn other trail users of your presence and as you pass to allow proper distance and step off trails to allow others to pass, keeping minimum recommended distances at all times. Signal your presence with your voice, bell or horn.
  • Note that trail and park users may find public restrooms closed — be prepared before you leave and time outings so that you are not dependent on public restrooms.
  •  Bring water or drinks — public drinking fountains may be disabled and should not be used, even if operable.
  • Bring a suitable trash bag. Leave no trash, take everything out to protect park workers

Hit the Trail!

Voted One of the Best Riverwalks in Nation

The Schuylkill River Trail is a winner in the 2021 USA TODAY 10Best Readers’ Choice Contest for Best Riverwalk. The SRT came in third place. The trail was also selected as a top trail to visit in Pennsylvania on the 2021 Rails-to-Trails Conservancy blog. In 2015, the Schuylkill River Trail took first place as the Best Urban Trail in USA Today's 10 Best Readers Choice poll.

 

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.

OPERATING HOURS

The Schuylkill River Trail is open every day of the week from sunrise to sunset. 

IN AN EMERGENCY

Call 911 and provide them with the “Help Locator Number” or Mile Number found on mile posts and trailhead signs.

Trail Safety Tips

Please keep these trail safety tips in mind when using the Schuylkill River Trail

  • Use the trail only from sunrise to sunset. The trail is closed at night. 
  • Tell someone when and where you’re going on the trail.
  • Carry a cellphone to use in distress.
  • Avoid headphones that block sound so you can hear others approaching.
  • Carry ID with contact and medical information.
  • Check your bike regularly. Make sure the tires are full, chains are greased, and the brakes are tight.
  • Be alert for downed branches and other hazards.
  • Come to a full stop at intersections and use caution proceeding.

For more tips about staying safe on your bike, CLICK HERE

For more tips about staying safe while hiking, CLICK HERE

View Trail Etiquette Rules

Please remember these trail etiquette rules when using the Schuylkill River Trail. 

  • Watch your speed - cyclists should pass on the left.
  • Announce your approach to other trail users.
  • Dogs must be kept on a 6 foot leash AND under control.
  • Owners are responsible for cleaning up pet waste.
  • No littering - please practice “Carry In - Carry Out”.
  • Cyclists and rollerbladers should wear a helmet.
  • No unauthorized motor vehicles allowed on the trail.
  • And most importantly...Be courteous to other trail users and trail neighbors.

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 by volunteers. Help us build and complete the Schuylkill River Trail.

Become a Member

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Trail Alerts & Updates

Trail Alerts
Use Caution on Trail Near Doberstein Campground

A small section of the trail near the Doberstein Campground in Union Township will be regraded this week. It may be temporarily impassable at times while work is being done. Please slow down and use caution in this area.

  • This notice was posted on July 13, 2021 and may not be current 
 
Use Caution on the Craig Link Section of the SRT

The bridge at the Craig Link Section of the Schuylkill River Trail in Reading is getting painted this week and heavy machinery will be used. The bridge will remain open but trail users should use CAUTION. This is the area near the Service Castor Corporation.

  • This notice was posted on July 13, 2021 and may not be current 
 
Trail Section in Reading Opened with Caution due to Sinkhole

A section of the Schuylkill River Trail near the Brentwood Trailhead in Reading was previously closed due to a sinkhole forming. This area of the trail is now open, but users are asked to use caution . The sinkhole is fenced for now as we work toward a more permanent solution. This is the section of trail between Lancaster Avenue and the Brentwood Trailhead, behind Trooper Thorns. 

  • This notice was posted on July 9, 2021 and may not be current 

 

SRT Under Chestnut St. Bridge in Philly is Now Open After Repairs

The contractor completed work on this project, and the improved, wider trail has reopened. For more details or if you have questions, visit schuylkillbanks.org/projects/chestnut-street-bulkhead, email Schuylkill Banks at info@schuylkillbanks.org, or call 215-309-5523.

  • This notice was updated on July 9, 2021 and may not be current 
 
Trail Between Cromby Trailhead & Linfield Road Now Open After Construction 

Photo courtesy of Kim Elko, Markosky Engineering

Construction work is complete on the 5.7-mile section of the Schuylkill River Trail between the Cromby Trailhead and Linfield Road at Parker Ford. This section of trail is now open for public use.

Note that the Cromby Trailhead parking lot will need to be closed later this year to allow for paving as part of Chester County’s overall SRT Phase II Construction Project. Also, please note that the parking area at Linfield Road remains an active construction zone and is unavailable for public use. Thank you for your patience during project construction. Please direct any questions to: parkspres@chesco.org

  • This notice was posted on June 29, 2021 and may not be current 
 
Trail Section in Birdsboro Closed for Construction 

A section of the on-road Schuylkill River Trail in Birdsboro is closed. This is the bridge on Armorcast Road over Hay Creek. The closure is expected to last for the next 2 - 3 months. To help plan your route in this area, please use the online interactive SRT map at schuylkillriver.org/map.

  • This notice was posted on June 23, 2021 and may not be current
 
Please Don't Use Private Property to Access the SRT

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Trail users, including hikers and bicyclists, are reminded to NOT use private property to access the trail. A property owner in Union Township, between the trail and PA Route 724 east of Birdsboro, has asked Schuylkill River Greenways to inform trail users that this driveway is private property. The driveway passes very close to two homes and is NOT open to the public. SRG asks all trail users to please respect the privacy rights of our neighbors. The SRT near Monocacy Station in Berks County is CLOSED for the construction of the Richard P. Whittaker, M.D. Memorial Bridge. CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE

This notice was posted on May 28, 2021 and may not be current

 

Schuylkill River Trail at Monocacy Crossing Closed for Construction 

The Schuylkill River Trail near Monocacy Station in Union Township, Berks County is CLOSED for the construction of the Richard P. Whittaker, M.D. Memorial Bridge. The trail is closed a few 100 feet west of Route 724 (E. Main Street) where a small bridge goes over Six Penny Creek, and is also closed approximately 600 feet east of Route 724. SRG prohibits users from crossing the construction site during this closure period. CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE

  • This notice was updated on March 29, 2021 and may not be current 

 

Tree Down Near State Street Trailhead in Hamburg

There is a tree down that has damaged the fence on the Schuylkill River Trail bridge across the Schuylkill River just north of the State Street Trailhead in Hamburg. Please use caution when crossing the bridge. Schuylkill River Greenways is working to resolve the issue.

  • This notice was posted on May 19, 2021 and may not be current 

 

SRT Bartram Section Closures for Auburn Bridge Project 

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Two sections of the Schuylkill River Trail Bartram Section are closed until further notice as part of the Auburn Bridge construction project. A 1-mile segment of the trail is closed, south from the Auburn Trailhead on Route 895 in West Brunswick Township. A 1.3 mile segment of the trail is closed about 3 miles northwest of the Port Clinton Trailhead, near the Stoney Creek crossing. Contractors are using the trail to transport machines and material to the Auburn Bridge construction site. These trail sections are expected to reopen late this summer after redecking is completed on the bridge.

  • This notice was posted on March 29, 2021 and may not be current 

 

Use Caution on the Trail During Hunting Season 

Hunting season has officially started. Since some sections of the Schuylkill River Trail run through wooded areas where hunting is permitted, take precautions when you’re out on the trail. Wear bright orange so you are visible to hunters. When walking or jogging carry items that make noise such as bells. Beware that white hats and mittens can resemble a deer’s tail, and that red and green can look brown in dusky light. CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE

  • This notice was posted on Nov. 15, 2020 and may not be current 
Trail News & Updates

CELEBRATE TRAILS DAY ON THE SCHUYLKILL RIVER TRAIL

This year, Celebrate Trails Day (formerly Opening Day for Trails) falls on Saturday, April 24. It’s never been more important to get outside and show your love for the Schuylkill River Trail and outdoor spaces ... CONTINUE READING 

SRT IS A WINNER IN USA TODAY NATIONAL CONTEST

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 contest. The pubic then had a month to vote for their favorite trail. The Schuylkill River Trail came in third place, following the Wilmington Riverwalk in second place and the Detroit International RiverWalk in first place ... CONTINUE READING

HELP US REVIVE THE READING GATEWAY SECTION ALONG THE SRT

Schuylkill River Greenways needs the community’s help to revive a section of the trail in Reading. The Reading Gateway Initiative will revitalize a portion of the Thun Section on the Schuylkill River Trail by raising funds to install a camera system, repair trail lights, and other needs. The project will also complete several maintenance activities with the help of volunteers such as removing trash, clearing the area of vegetation, and installing new signage ... CONTINUE READING

NEW FENCING INSTALLED ALONG SRT AT EAST RIVER BRIDGE

New fencing was installed on the pedestrian East River Bridge which is located just east of the Brentwood Trailhead in Cumru Township. Contractors removed the deteriorated chain link fence/fence posts and installed a new one ... CONTINUE READING

RESURFACING FOR A MILE OF THE TRAIL IN READING IS COMPLETE

Resurfacing for a 1-mile stretch of the Schuylkill River Trail near the Powell Bridge in Reading was completed in November 2020. The area is just north of the Brentwood Trailhead. 

 

 

Trail Events

EARTH DAY TRAIL CLEANUP IN POTTSTOWN ON APRIL 16

This clean up will be completely outside and will require attendees to wear masks and practice social distancing. Volunteers will be equipped with gloves and trash bags for recycling items and trash items. Volunteers aged 21 & over will get a voucher for a free SRT Ale to be used at the Sly Fox Tastin’ Room in Pottstown ... CONTINUE READING 

OPENING TRAILS DAY CLEANUP AT FORK & ALE ON APRIL 25

Celebrate Opening Trails Day with a Schuylkill River Trail cleanup at Fork & Ale. Fork & Ale is a Schuylkill River Trail adopt-a-trail member and the cleanup will be on this specific section of the trail in Union Township, Berks County. Trail work tools and work gloves will be provided ... CONTINUE READING 

SRT COMEDY FUNDRAISER AT SOULJOEL’S DOME ON APRIL 29

SoulJoel’s presents this special comedy show headlined by Jason Salmon to benefit the Schuylkill River Trail and SRG.  All shows are 15 and bring your own chair. This event is completely BYO (Bring Your Own: food, drinks, chairs, etc.) ... CONTINUE READING 

For more trail events, click here to view the SRG Volunteer Calendar