Schuylkill Trail at Schuylkill Banks

Type: Greenway, Urban Trail
Length: 1.20 miles
Loop Trail? No
Allowed Uses: Bicycling (on pavement)
Bicycling (off pavement)
Boating, Motorized
Boating, non-motorized: Canoeing
Boating, non-motorized: Kayaking
Dogs - On leash
Fishing
Pedestrian - Walking/Hiking/Running
Roller/Inline Skating
Skateboarding
Agency: Private
Entry Fee? No
Parking Fee? No

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Directions

Location: East side of the Schuylkill River between Fairmount Water Works and Locust Street
States: Pennsylvania
Counties: Philadelphia
Latitude: 39.95155   Longitude: -75.18097

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Description

The Schuylkill Trail at Schuylkill Banks is a multi-use recreational trail extending along the east bank of the Schuylkill from the Fairmount Water Works, a national historic site, to Locust Street in the city of Philadelphia. The trail lies within a greenway of variable width (20 feet to 120 feet) and provides access to the Schuylkill River and riverbank along a section of river that had been previously inaccessible.

The Schuylkill Trail at Schuylkill Banks is an urban trail paralleling the active tracks of the CSX Railroad. It is located adjacent to the Logan Square and Fitler Square neighborhoods, which form a portion of Center City Philadelphia. The trail, approximately 1.2 miles in length, has become heavily used with an average of 14,000 user trips per week (a user trip is one person passing a cordon line in either direction). It accommodates workers, runners, bicyclists, in-line skaters, commuters and people heading for a destination or event at or along the greenway (concert, movie, kayak tour, riverboat cruise, etc.).

The greenway includes suitable park furniture (benches, trash receptacles, etc.) and is planted with a well designed palette of trees, shrubs and ground cover.

The greenway and trail is a part of the Fairmount Park System and is managed by the Schuylkill River Development Corporation, a non-profit corporation whose mission is to revitalize the tidal Schuylkill River.

Additional Details

Width: 127 inches.
Primary Surface: Asphalt
Secondary Surface: Asphalt

Average Grade: 2%
Elevation Low Point: 4
Elevation High Point: 126
Year Designated: 2007

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:
Joseph Syrnick
Schuylkill River Development Corporation
2929 Arch Street, 13th Floor
Philadelphia , PA 19104 -7395
(215) 222-6032 ext. 10

 

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