Schuylkill River Water Trail

The 142 mile Schuylkill River Water Trail passes through mountains, farms, towns, and cities as it makes its way from Pottsville to Philadelphia. It is a River of Revolutions by contributing to the Revolutionary War, the Industrial Revolution, and later the Environmental Revolution to remove coal that choked the river. Always interesting, and visit to explore!

photo: photo by Gary A. Koutsoubis Type: Water Trail
Length: 142.00 miles
Loop Trail? No
Allowed Uses: Boating, Motorized
Boating, non-motorized: Kayaking
Boating, non-motorized: Rafting
Boating, non-motorized: Sailing
Fishing
Wildlife Observation
Agency: Nonprofit
Entry Fee? No
Parking Fee? No

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Directions

Location: Southeastern Pennsylvania from Pottsville downstream to Philadelphia.
States: Pennsylvania
Counties: Schuylkill, Berks, Chester, Montgomery, and Phila.
Latitude: 39.9519   Longitude: -75.18101

Numerous River landings and launches are available in the five county area. They are easily accessed from PA 61, US 422, and I-76, the Schuylkill Expressway. Visit the website below for more specific maps and information.

Description

Runs the 142 mile length of the Schuylkill River to the confluence of the Schuylkill with the main stem of the Delaware River in the City of Philadelphia. Along the water trail, there are several places where landings for the Water Trail overlap with trailheads for the Schuylkill River Trail, the 135-mile regional land trail. The Schuylkill River Water Trail Guide was printed and available to the public in May 2002. The annual Schuylkill River Sojourn utilizes the Schuylkill River Water Trail for an exciting 7-day paddle from Schuylkill Haven to Philadelphia. And now communities all along the river are beginning to recognize the Schuylkill River Water Trail as both a recreational asset and opportunity.

Additional Details

Primary Surface: Puncheon
Secondary Surface: Water, moving

Average Grade: 0%
Elevation Low Point: 25
Elevation High Point: 800
Year Designated: 2002

Supporting Webpages and Documents

Website: Schuylkill River

Contact Information

For more information and current conditions, contact the trail manager (listed below). For questions, suggestions, and corrections to information listed on the website, contact American Trails.

Trail management:
Schuylkill River Greenway Association
140 College Dr.
Pottstown , PA 19464
(484) 945-0200
info@schuylkillriver.org
http://www.schuylkillriver.org

 

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