Bartram’s Garden (Dock)
Community Dock & Boathouse (seasonal). Public dock. Free loaner kayaks and rowboats. Parking for 27+. Welcome Center. Historic gardens. Restrooms. Drinking water. Picnic area. Pavilion. Hiking trails. Interpretive programming. Tours. Community events.
NOTE: This river access is closer to the Bartram’s Garden Welcome Center, historic gardens, and amenities than the 51st Street launch, but the carry from the parking area to the river is longer and steeper.
Google directions take you to the entrance to the park. Follow Harley Avenue for 0.2 mile to the cul-de-sac-style parking area near the Welcome Center. See map above and coordinates below to locate dock in park. It is about 350 yds east, down the hillside through meadow paths:
Street Access: 39.932872, -75.215951
Dock Access: 39.933560,-75.208136
On this land, over 250 years ago, John Bartram stopped while plowing his fields to admire a daisy. The flower’s simplicity and beauty inspired the Quaker farmer and his son, William, to spend their lives exploring, collecting, and seeking to understand all forms of nature. John’s farm is now a 45-acre park containing the Bartram farmstead and garden, natural tidal wetlands, recreational land trails, free river boating, and an urban farm.
Owner: City of Philadelphia
Services: From park entrance/exit, 0.8+ mile west along Woodland Ave. and 1.4+ miles northwest along Baltimore Ave.