Great trail, well maintained and long enough too never get bored.

Excellent trail. Well maintained with diverse scenery. I definitely recommend this hike for anyone who wants a long distance trail.

Schuylkill River Trail

The hustle of traffic is all gone, I can hear the leaves falling all around me, the forest is alive with activity and color, it's a beautiful trail in Philly.

The Schuylkill River Bridge nearly met its demise in the 19 century. Once home to the Delaware Indians who called it Manaiunk meaning "Rushing and Roaring Waters."

The Native Americans known as the Lenni-Lenape inhabited this region they called Lenapehoking; Southern New York all the way through Eastern Pennsylvania and New Jersey down to Delaware. “Lenni” means “genuine” or “pure” or “real” or “original”; “Lenape” — properly pronounced “Leh-NAH-pay” — means “Indian” or “man

Do you remember tales of Valley Forge, it's just up the river a bit. Just imagine, a generation of people who sacrificed and perseverance through the Revolutionary War, pulling together, and overcame adversity during extraordinary times!

The First Bridge: Our Nation's Founding Father, in 1776 General George Washington, ordered the building of a bridge connecting Philadelphia to the West over the Schuylkill River.

The Continental Army was in peril, after a series of devastating battles, losses mounting, morale and all-time low, General Putnam gave the order to impede the advance of the British; destroying the bridge, after the Battle of Brandywine on September 11, 1777.

The Second Bridge: The following year, Sir William Howe, directed Captain John Montressor to erect a second bridge, but the hastily built span was ruined by, "Rushing and Roaring Waters."

The Third Bridge: Captain John Montressor and his troops collected the debris and constructed a third bridge, which remained after the British departed the area.

After the wars end, an English traveler Henry Wansey visited the United States in 1794; his description of the third bridge, in An "Excursion to the United States of America" published two years later:

"[two iron chains] strained across the river parallel to each other, about six feet distance; on it are placed flat planks, fastened to each chain; and in this the horses and carriages pass over. As the horses stepped on the boards they sank under the pressure and the water rose between them; no railing on either side, it really looked very frightful and dangerous."

The chains are gone, but the memories live on.

Great hike today. Will definitely go back

The trails themselves are very scenic but I had my car broken into and they stole my purse. I will never go back here.

Easy hike, interesting spots to explore along the way.

walked down forbidden dr. nice walk. pretty views. has lots of places to stop and sit. also has bathrooms and a place to eat

We did this with our 5 and 7 year old. Bring walking sticks. It is an awesome hike. We cut to Forbidden Drive to use the restroom and have a snack and then back again. Bring some cash. There is a snack bar on FD.

Great! One side has a wide sand/stone path great for bikes. On the other side there is more of a hiking path. Along the stone path there were side paths that go steep if you like to climb in that way. We saw families with kids on bikes, runners, and cyclist.

trail running
1 month ago

Favorite go to

Very nice trail, but not my favorite. started around Reading and went a few miles in each direction. Well maintained, but the trail runs along major interstates. All you hear is traffic.

Great family fun.

1 month ago

Really nice trail. Great scenery. Sometimes, it doesn't feel like there is enough room for those walking and those bicycling. Because of how narrow the trail is sometimes you have to be very careful of your small children. Bicyclists are often zooming by.