Cynwyd Heritage Trail from Manayunk

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Cynwyd Heritage Trail from Manayunk is a 3.5 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Philadelphia, Pennsylvania that features a river. The trail is good for all skill levels and primarily used for walking, trail running, and road biking. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

3.5 miles
318 feet
Out & Back

dogs on leash

wheelchair friendly

kid friendly

road biking

trail running


rails trails



wild flowers

city walk

historic site

It seems everyone in Manayunk knows the tow path along the river. Few have found this trail from downtown Manayunk to the Baga Cynwyd SEPTA station, and it's got it all: views over Manayunk, the canal, river, and freeway, a pleasant stream, interpretive signage, access to the historic cemetery, and even a cafe at the end of the trail! With virtually no elevation change and both paved and unpaved paths, it's accessible for everyone from walkers to runners, tricycles to road bikes.

12 days ago

I love this nearly hidden gem of a trail. You get to experience the expansive open skies as you cross the river and can meander through the woods in Lower Merion. Comfortable wooden chairs and benches are along the path and hidden on lawns tucked away for those that stray from the path. We extended down to the start of the trail in Lower Merion and then headed up the hills through Westminster Cemetery. We found that is possible to exit the cemetery through the back on a short path near a beautiful partially overgrown historic building and connect back to the trail.

road biking
8 months ago

While the trail itself is a little short for biking (what I primarily use it for), there is a gate right off of it into the West Laurel Hill Cemetery-- a fascinating place with extensive intertwined roads and lots of the hills. The funerary architecture is amazing. There's parking right across from the gate on the trail, off Belmont and Levering Mill Road, but I usually park at the Rock Hill Rd trailhead (shares a lot with a CVS). From there, it is pretty much all up hill (slow rise, but noticeable on a bike) to Cynwyd Station and you can also turn off to do the bridge over the Schuykill.

trail running
Monday, April 24, 2017

A Manayunk must-do! Highly accessible, on foot or on wheels, for all ages and abilities--with a nice cafe (and a train into the city!) at the finish line.

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