The Expanding SRT
Welcome to the Schuylkill River Trail, a multi-use trail in Southeastern Pennsylvania with a projected length of 120 miles. There are currently about 75 miles complete in sections, including a 30-plus mile stretch from Philadelphia to Parkerford. The trail breaks off in Parkerford and picks up again in Pottstown where it continues for about 20 miles to Reading. From there, cyclists can follow a 20-mile signed on-road route just shy of Hamburg. In Hamburg, trail users can access a scenic seven-mile stretch to Auburn in Schuylkill County. The trail is a great way to enjoy the outdoors, exercise or commute.
Completed Schuylkill River Trail Sections
Schuylkill Banks. This park and greenway in Philadelphia extends from Fairmount Water Works to Locust St. It is very popular and heavily used.
Philadelphia to Mont Clare. This 26-mile section is mostly paved, and runs through a variety of landscapes. Valley Forge National Historic Park can be accessed from the trail, and Manayunk’s trendy restaurant scene make it a popular destination for cyclists. This section of trail can also be used to access other trails such as the Perkiomen Trail, Audubon Loop at Oaks and the Cross County Trail at Conshohocken.
Cromby to Parker Ford. This is the newest section of trail, opened in December 2011. It measures 5.6 miles, beginning in Cromby, just west of Phoenixville, and ending in Parker Ford. Plans call for extending that piece of the trail several more miles to connect with the Pottstown section. Today, it is a popular segment, mostly crushed stone, but paved in some spots.
Pottstown to Reading (Thun Section). This 19-mile piece begins at Pottstown’s Riverfront Park, where it is paved, and follows a tree canopied path through Berks County, where it is crushed stone and known as the Thun Trail. There is a scenic 4.5-mile on-road section in Birdsboro, and several old railroad bridges offering up beautiful views. It ends at Reading Area Community College.
Bartram Section. Located in Upper Berks and Schuylkill County is a 7-mile trail stretch from Hamburg to Auburn. This is a particularly scenic piece of trail, especially in spring and early summer when wildflowers are in bloom.
Reading to Hamburg. Currently this is a 20-mile signed, on-road sectionl that provides cyclists with a route to travel beyond the trail’s end in Reading. An off-road Reading-to-Hamburg route will be constructed as land and resources become available.
Who Owns the Schuylkill River Trail?
The Schuylkill River Trail was built, and is managed, by different organizations and municipalities. These groups include: Schuylkill River Development Corp. (Schuylkill Banks), Philadelphia, Montgomery County, Valley Forge National Historical Park, Borough of Pottstown, Chester County, Borough of Phoenixville, Berks County, Schuylkill River Greenways NHA, Borough of Hamburg, and Schuylkill County.