Cynwyd Heritage Trail from Manayunk

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Cynwyd Heritage Trail

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

Distance: 3.5 miles Elevation Gain: 318 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dogs on leash

wheelchair friendly

kid friendly

stroller friendly

road biking

walking

running

partially paved

rails trails

river

views

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.

Great ride. One of my favorite rides.

8 days ago

Easy trail, entirely paved. Most of the trail is noisy due to traffic around, especially on Schuykill Expy.

hiking
bugs
15 days ago

Nice easy going trail with some decent scenery along the way. The Trails End Coffee shop is unfortunately closed right now if anyone was looking forward to it such as myself.

This was a nice easy hike, took a little over an hour to complete the trip there and back. It was a bit crowded and there were bugs out, but otherwise a pleasant experience!

enjoyed the trail, easy and well maintained.

hiking
1 month ago

starts with a cool bridge over the Schuylkill River. clean, neat views, paved trail with a few dirt paths beside it in certain parts.

walking
1 month ago

My 3 and 6 year olds brought their scooters and we enjoyed our walk.

Best for running or biking

Really enjoyed this trail. Very peaceful escape, and very well maintained!

walking
Mon Apr 08 2019

very nice walking trail. very clean, lots of trail off routes.

Mon Jul 09 2018

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
Fri Nov 03 2017

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.

running
Mon Apr 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.

camping
2 hours ago

road biking
1 day ago

hiking
2 days ago

camping
2 days ago

road biking
7 days ago

road biking
11 days ago

hiking
12 days ago

road biking
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road biking
15 days ago

hiking
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road biking
17 days ago

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