Schuylkill River Trail

The Schuylkill River Trail is a multi-use trail that when completed will stretch 130 miles between Philadelphia and Pottsville. The Pennsylvania Highlands Trail Network (PHTN) will coalign with the Schuylkill River Trail for 25 approximately miles from the Perkiomen Trail junction to the Hopewell Big Woods Trail near Birdsboro.

Note: The portion of the Schuylkill River Trail that is envisioned to be co-joined by the Perkiomen Trail is depicted on the Interactive Map. The yellow line portion is not complete! Please refer to the Montgomery County website for more details; and check the Schuylkill River Trail website for up-to-date information about trail construction and areas that follow temporary road routes.

Like many long distance trails, the Schuylkill River Trail passes through a variety of  land ownership(s), and as such was built and is maintained by many different organizations and municipalities. The Schuylkill River Trail Council serves as the umbrella group to coordinate planning. Members of the Council include: Schuylkill River Development Corp., Fairmount Park, East Falls Development Corp., Manayunk Development Corp., Montgomery County, Valley Forge National Historical Park, Chester County, Schuylkill River Heritage Area, Berks County Planning Dept., Borough of Hamburg, Schuylkill County and PA Dept. of Conservation and Natural Resources.

The Schuylkill River Greenways National Heritage Area has taken the lead in developing maps and signage for the trail system and maintains an excellent trail website where maps can be viewed and information about the trail can be found.

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