Trolley Trail

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Trolley Trail is a 5 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Philadelphia, Pennsylvania that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Horses are also able to use this trail.

Distance: 5.0 miles Elevation Gain: 360 feet Route Type: Loop

kid friendly

hiking

horseback riding

mountain biking

walking

running

forest

river

historic site

Start at Chamonix Mansion in Fairmount Park. There are three trail heads at the mansion - two to the left of the mansion and one to the right of the mansion. The one to the right actually has a temporary sign that reads Trolley Trail, but don't take this one as it the signage later on is incomplete. Take either trail head to the left of the mansion. Not much evidence of the old trolley line, but early on their is a really cool brick tunnel. Most of the rest of the way parallels a small stream and then there are twists and turns on a path that runs along side some playing fields. Trail still needs some maintenance before it becomes official.

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1 month ago

Did this trail today. Saw no hikers and one cyclist (a Thursday afternoon). Lots of cool old bridges and buildings. Good view of the skyline from the top of Belmont Plateau (just off the trail). Mostly easy to follow but could have some better signage. We parked on Conshohocken Ave by the River Park House Condominium (Google it) and took the short trail from the road to the Stone Arch Bridge and started the Trolley Trail there. Other users have complained about car noise and trash. This is a hike in the city. If you live in Philly you can probably get here in about twenty minutes depending on your neighborhood. It isn't the great outdoors but it's definitely worth the stroll if you live here and like exploring Philly. Here's a link to another good map with a few more details: https://myphillypark.org/app/uploads/2017/08/Trolley_Trail_Final_2017-05-252.png And someone did a good write up on the history here: https://davisshaver.com/2018/04/23/fairmount-park-trolley-trail-history-and-maps/

Down down trail 2 Jan 20

hiking
3 months ago

This trail exceeded my expectations! It gets an extra star in my book for being fairly long given it’s proximity to downtown, but loses a star for the 2 mile or so stretch where you can hear the expressway. It’s well maintained and does have some orange trail markers but I was still glad I had the app since there are many intersecting trails. You will see some garbage in places as some people have mentioned, but it really wasn’t that bad when I was there. I would come back again for those days when there isn’t time to drive out of the city for hiking.

hiking
4 months ago

Great 5 mile hike with an interesting tie in with Philadelphia history. The trails are easy to see however; could be marked a little better. Glad that we had the map downloaded. A few spots of trash but overall very clean for an urban hike. The highway is only visible from a small section of the trail and actually provides an interesting perspective of the Schuylkill. There were a number of tree groves throughout the hike attracting a lot of amazing birds. If you are looking for the stone arch bridge, it is close to the end of the hike. Would definitely recommend.

hiking
5 months ago

It’s a dump. Basically the equivalent of the woods behind your local grocery store. It’s littered with trash, broken glass, drug paraphernalia and remains of squatter encampments. I’ll also mention the distant sounds of 676, scullykil expway, and other surrounding highways. If you’re underage and wanna drink in the woods, this is your spot. Don’t bring your kids or pets here.

hiking
5 months ago

It’s philly hiking so set the expectation. The trail was in great shape and nice escape for city hiking. Will see some trash on the trail but doesnt hurt to do your part and pick some up. Started at the mansion hostel. Parking close by horse stable. Trail head is the one on the right if using gps, left is hostel trail. Dog and I took trolley trail out to the road. Turned left uphill then up the stairs , straight through and took connector and wild mouse trail back to hostel trail out. Actually liked wild mouse better, more variety in terrain. About four miles. Took us about a hour. Saw less than five other people on the trail. Trail markers are to be desired but the app works pretty well. There are a bunch of off loops to extend the hike or explore More. there a bunch of unmarked trail heads on wild mouse the app doesn’t pick up which can get tricky navigating but a wrong turn won’t cost you much time. We went during Labor Day weekend. Not very buggy which was a plus. Def will be back

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