Schuylkill River Trail/Kelly Drive/Dr. MLK Jr. Drive

Schuylkill River Trail, Kelly Drive, Dr. MLK Jr. Drive

Open daily

The Schuylkill River Trail is a fitness enthusiast’s dream! Stretching 130 miles in length through southeastern Pennsylvania, anyone looking to get in a long run or ride has plenty of room to do so. The Trail begins in Pottsville and runs the length of the Schuylkill River into the heart of Philadelphia. The trail is not complete yet, so some sections are still awaiting construction, but many miles are complete. Runners and cyclists can expect to find a wide variety of surfaces on the trail, including concrete, asphalt, packed dirt, and boardwalk. The surface of the trail may switch frequently depending which portion you are traveling. The Trail runs along both sides of the river in many areas, particularly close to downtown Philadelphia. Benches and trashcans are seen regularly along the route, and bathrooms and water fountains are close by in some areas but may not be directly along the path; check parks and cities along the route. The Trail connects to Kelly Drive and is well marked with both mileage markers and directional tips so that users do not get lost in tricky areas. Locals recommend not using the trail alone at night but noted that it is safe during the day, so use caution. Road bikes are common along the trail, but those with very thin tires should avoid the dirt sections. The Schuylkill River Trail also connects to Martin Luther King Junior Drive/West River Drive, a popular running and cycling location. Martin Luther King Jr. Drive is closed to automobile traffic from April to October on Saturdays and Sundays in two areas: between the Art Museum and Sweetbriar Drive from 7 am to noon and from Sweetbriar Drive to the East Falls Bridge from 7 am – 5 pm.



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  1. Just a little note about MLK Jr Drive:

    “Parts of Martin Luther King Jr. Drive (West River Drive) are closed to automobiles Saturdays and Sundays in April through October.

    MLK Drive between the Art Museum and Sweetbriar Drive is bicycles and pedestrians only from 7am to noon and MLK Drive from Sweetbriar Drive to the East Falls Bridge is bicycles and pedestrians only from 7am to 5pm on these weekends.”

    I don’t want wintertime visitors to get their hopes up!

    • Danielle Hastings

      Thank you SO much, Melissa! I visited in August, so this information is super helpful. I’ll update the site immediately!

      • Yup, it’s usually from the “spring forward” to “fall back” daylight saving time thingy.

        Hope you enjoyed the city, I love it!

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