Schuylkill River Trail

The Schuylkill River Trail, part of the Schuylkill River Greenway National Historic Area, is a multi-use trail that will extend 120 miles between Philadelphia and Pottsville when complete.

Highlands Trail Route

The Highlands Trail co-aligns with the Schuylkill River Trail for approximately 25 miles from its connection to the Perkiomen Trail in Montgomery County to the Hopewell Big Woods Trail near Birdsboro, Berks County.


The Schuylkill River Trail’s surface varies between municipalities and is typically either crushed stone or asphalt pavement.

Average slope: 2.4%, Maximum Slope: 18.8%

Gaps exist along the trail route. See the interactive map or visit

Trail Planning

Trail feasiblity studies and plans that have been developed for this section of the Highlands Trail are listed below.

Access Points

The Schuylkill River Trail has many trailheads along the Highlands Trail route. Those trailheads that provide parking and restrooms along the Highlands Trail route are listed below.

  • Lower Perkiomen Valley Park, Oaks Trailhead 101 New Mill Rd, Oaks
  • Port Providence/Longford Park, 1000 Longford Rd, Phoenixville
  • Gay Street Trailhead, 42 Gay Street, Spring City
  • Riverfront Park, 100 College Drive, Pottstown
  • Grosstown Road Trailhead, 1 Grosstown Road, Pottstown
  • Union Meadows West, Campbell Ford Road, Douglassville

The Schuylkill River Greenways National Heritage Area website contains an interactive map that provides detailed information about the trail, including additional trailheads and trail access areas.

Nearby Destinations

The Schuylkill River Trail connects to many downtowns, parks and other interesting destinations, including: