Schuylkill River Trail

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Schuylkill River Trail is a 24.6 mile moderately trafficked point-to-point trail located near Norristown, Pennsylvania that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
24.6 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
741 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Point to Point

dogs on leash

birding

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

road biking

trail running

walking

forest

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

road biking
16 days ago

hiking
1 month ago

road biking
2 months ago

road biking
3 months ago

Great trail and views of the river.

3 months ago

5 months ago

Love this trip into the city.

5 months ago

-Clean
-along side river
-very crowded
-along side heavy traffic

5 months ago

trail running
7 months ago

This rating reflects the consideration that it is convenient to downtown, easy to find and enjoying to run. Running downtown is difficult with all the lights and I was easily able to find this trail from my hotel and have a nice run. I especially liked running past the historic looking homes of the rowing clubs on the river. If you aren't able to get out of town to run, this is way better than running the streets.
Run the race!

hiking
10 months ago

hiking
11 months ago

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.

walking
Sunday, September 04, 2016

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.

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trail running
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trail running
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walking
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Sunday, December 13, 2015