The Schuylkill River Trail is a multi-use trail in Southeastern Pennsylvania with a projected length of almost 130 miles between Philadelphia and Pottsville. There are currently more than 60 miles complete in sections, including a 30-plus mile stretch from Philadelphia to Parkerford. From there, cyclists can follow a 20-mile signed on-road route to Hamburg. In Hamburg, trail users can access a scenic seven-mile stretch to Auburn in Schuylkill County. The trail is a great way to enjoy the outdoors, exercise, or commute.
Hit the Trail!
Welcome to the Schuylkill River Trail, a multi-use path that will extend from Schuylkill County through Montgomery, Chester and Berks Counties to Philadelphia. It travels through the historically rich region of southeastern Pennsylvania. The trail passes through rural, agricultural, suburban, urban, and industrial landscapes. The Schuylkill River (pronounced SKOO-kill), Dutch for Hidden River, is where the American, Industrial and Environmental Revolutions were born.
Most of the trail is built over abandoned railroad lines. Today, over 75 miles of paved and crushed stone trail are open to the public. Along its path, trail users can see evidence of several centuries of industrial development, canal navigation, railroad transportation, quarrying of limestone and iron ore, and the production of iron and steel.
Connecting the Trail
The Schuylkill River Trail (SRT) is owned, managed, maintained and developed by a number of organizations who have come together to form the Schuylkill River Trail Partners. Until several years ago, the Schuylkill River Trail existed in unconnected sections known by the names given to them locally. Enormous efforts have been made to connect these sections, close gaps, create a unified sign system and promote the trail as a single entity. This work continues with plans to close several remaining gaps, and to extend the trail in Philadelphia at the lower end and in Schuylkill County at the upper end.
In Berks and Schuylkill Counties, the trail is constructed and managed by the Schuylkill River Greenways National Heritage Area. There are currently over 30 miles of completed trail in this section, including a nearly 20-mile stretch from the Pottstown line to Reading. This section is locally known as the Thun Trail and is maintained by volunteers.
In Upper Berks and Schuylkill Counties, there is a 7-mile length of trail from Hamburg to Auburn, known as the John B. Bartram section, and another 1.5-mile piece in Landingville, and a 1.4-mile segment in Schuylkill Haven. From Reading and Hamburg, cyclists can follow a signed on-road route, with a short off-road piece in Leesport.
The Schuylkill River Greenways NHA is always working to maintain, improve and expand this section of trail, while also working in partnership with others to promote the entire trail.