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Walk the Schuykill

on Fri, 07/11/2014 - 19:28

Thinking of heading for the FreeWalkers' Philadelphia Freedom Walk this Saturday? We'll be highlighting a few of the points of interest this week. Why not come and see for yourself?

The Schuylkill River (/ˈskkəl/ skoo-kəl) is a 135-mile river in Pennsylvania that William Penn chose in 1682 as one bank of the confluence upon which he founded the planned city of Philadelphia on lands purchased from the native Delaware nation (Lenape Indians).

The Schuylkill River Trail runs along the river in Philadelphia and is a popular multi-use path for residents and visitors. There is a master plan to create a 130-mile trail along the entire length of the river. Currently, there is over 60 miles of finished trail, including a 26-mile stretch from the City of Philadelphia through Montgomery County to Phoenixville in Chester County. 

The Schuylkill River Trail in Philadelphia is approximately 10 miles in length, providing recreational space in the center of this beautiful and historic city.  Schuylkill Banks, located between the Fairmount Water Works and Locust Street, is a linear park that hosts a variety of entertainment and recreational events throughout the year. 

From Schuylkill Banks to East Falls, the trail is a wide paved surface suitable for rollerblading, walking, running and cycling.  This section runs next to Kelly Drive and takes users past Boathouse Row. 


Boathouses


Activity on the Trail near Kelly Dr.