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Explore Trail Itineraries

Get out and explore a Circuit Trail near you using these 12, detail-packed itineraries. Whether looking for a place to job, bike or simply stroll with a two or four legged friend, each of these trails offers an excellent venue for all of the above. Get out there!

Radnor Trail Itinerary

Future Forge to Refuge Trail Radnor Township, Delaware Co, PA
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Overview

Follow the former corridor of the Philadelphia and Western Railway Company on a tranquil, wooded route in northwest Philadelphia. This 2.4-mile trail chronicles the area’s history in the form of historical markers along the way and includes several significant old rail stations that are worthy of exploration and provide insight into the area’s rich past.

Public Transit

SEPTA Paoli-Thorndale Line:

Strafford Station - West end of trail
Radnor Station - East end of trail
See the area map for back streets extending from the stations to the trail.

SEPTA Bus Lines

Route 105 from 69th Street Terminal to Paoli
Get off at Sugartown Road and Lancaster Avenue or Radnor-Chester Road and Lancaster Avenue

Bicycle

There are currently no off-road bicycle trails linking with the Radnor Trail.

Vehicle Parking

Friends of the Radnor Trail Park
315 W Wayne Avenue
Wayne, PA 19087
40.040644, -75.396775

Conestoga Road Lot
492 Conestoga Road
Wayne, PA 19087
40.033078, -75.375908

Cooper River Park Loop Trail Itinerary

Cooper River, Camden County, NJ
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Overview

Loop through the crown jewel of Camden’s park system on a 3.7-mile paved trail. Enroute enjoy a plethora of activities including kayaking or sailing on the river, visit the driving range or play mini golf, tour an historic house, stop for a picnic lunch, watch one of many premier rowing events that are hosted here, and spot a wide variety of wildlife. These are just a few of the many activities that make this an ideal family destination.

Public Transit

PATCO trains

The most convenient stations are Collingswood, Westmont, and Haddonfield. See the area map for back streets extending from the stations to the Park.

NJ Transit Bus Lines

Routes 406, 413, 450, 451

Bicycle

Currently, no trails fully link with Cooper River Park. Additional sections of Cooper River Park trails extend into Camden west of Route 130 and east to the Kings Highway and Brace Road.

Vehicle Parking

101 Park Blvd
Cherry Hill, NJ 08002
39.929051, -75.062984

Delaware and Raritan Canal Trail Itinerary

Trenton to Lambertville Mercer County, New Jersey
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Overview

Travel alongside two historic canals systems that stretch from New Brunswick to Trenton and from Trenton to Frenchtown and imagine a time when mules hauled cargo on this scenic route. See remnants of a bygone era in the form of wooden bridges, locks, stone-arched culverts, and small towns that played a huge role in American history. Also an important wildlife corridor, this 69-mile trail offers something for everyone.

Public Transit

Lambertville is accessible via Transbridge Lines from Doylestown, New Hope and New York.
Trenton is accessible via rail service provided by Amtrak, New Jersey Transit, and SEPTA.

Bicycle

The D&L Trail on the Pennsylvania side of the Delaware River gives access via the bridges at New Hope-Lambertville, Washington Crossing, and Morrisville-Trenton. Walk your bike on the footwalk on the bridges. East Coast Greenway links to this tour at Trenton. Visit www.greenway.org

Vehicle Parking

Lambertville Station:
40.364756, -74.945880

Fireman’s Eddy
40.342392, -74.941894

Moore’s Creek:
40.322591, -74.915193

Washington Crossing State Park Trailhead:
40.298283, -74.868576

Scudder’s Falls (I-95):
40.264996, -74.847980

East Trenton:
40.245001, -74.818941
On-street parking available in Trenton

Pennypack Trail Itinerary

Delaware River to Fox Chase Farm Pennypack Valley, Philadelphia
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Overview

Wind your way through the scenic Pennypack Creek Valley on this 14-mile trail that was once the corridor for the Fox Chase - Newton Branch Line. Cross over a dramatic steel bridge, delight in the stunning beauty of Pennypack Park, spot birds at top birding areas, and see remains of buildings from colonial times. Recently the trail was extended allowing for access to historic Bryn Athyn.

Public Transit

Regional Rail

Trenton Regional Rail to Holmeburg Junction
SEPTA Regional Rail to Fox Chase Station

SEPTA Bus and Trackless Trolley

Routes 70 and 84 to State Road
Route 88 to Welsh Road
Route 28 to Rhawn Street
Routes 20 and 50 to Holme Avenue
Route 58 to Bustleton Avenue
Route 19 to Krewstown Road
Route 67 to Verree Road
Route 66 to Frankford Avenue

Bicycle

The Pennypack Trail continues north into Montgomery County where it follows the railbed of the former Reading Railroad Newtown Branch.

Vehicle Parking

Pennypack Park Trail Head:
40.027815, -75.012518

Rhawn Street Trail Head:
40.050070, -75.032923

Roosevelt Avenue Trail Head:
40.066670, -75.039576

Krewtown Road Trail Head:
40.076671, -75.054779

Verree Road Trail Head:
40.085204, -75.061480

Fox Chase Farm Trail Head:
40.089784, -75.069459

Wissahickon Trail Itinerary

Schuylkill River to Morris Arboretum Wissahickon Valley, Fairmount Park, Philadelphia
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Overview

Once home to the sound of logging mills, today the verdant Wissahickon Valley Park offers a tranquil refuge from nearby Center City. Immerse yourself in a beautiful landscape of waterfalls, streams and dense foliage as you wind along a 7-mile long route through the park. Visit historic sites, spot wildlife and explore additional trails that lead to quiet and remote areas.

Public Transit

SEPTA Rail

Manayunk-Norristown Regional Rail Line to Wissahickon Station

Chestnut Hill West Line to St. Martins Station. Follow Springfield Ave and Valley Green Road into the gorge to connect with the trail.

Chestnut Hill West Line to Highland Station. Follow Seminole Avenue and then Rex Avenue down in to the gorge to connect with the Trail

SEPTA Bus

Routes 1, 9, 27, 35, 38, 61, 124, 125, and R
to Wissahickon Transfer Center
Route 27 to Wise’s Mill Road
Routes L and 97 to Northwestern Avenue

Bicycle

The Wissahickon Trail begins at the southern end at its junction with the Schuylkill River Trail at the mouth of the Wissahickon Creek at Ridge Avenue.

Vehicle Parking

Northwestern Avenue:
40.084494, -75.231971

Bells Mill Road
40.079619, -75.225301

Valley Green Road
40.054883, -75.218041

Lincoln Drive
40.027569, -75.192825

Route 202 Parkway Trail Itinerary

Montgomery and Bucks Counties
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Overview

Cycle over rolling hills and enjoy tranquil farm and woodland vistas as you parallel a PA scenic byway on this protected path. The 8.4 mile route links Montgomery, Warrington and Doylestown, offering access to a wide variety of cultural, educational, and recreational sites; retail areas; links to other trails; and farms where in season you can pick your own fruit.

Public Transit

SEPTA Bus

Routes 94 and 132 to the Montgomery Mall
Route 55 to downtown Doylestown

Doylestown Regional Rail

Delaware Valley College Station
Downtown Doylestown Station

Intercity Bus

Greyhound Line to Doylestown
Trans-Bridge Line to Doylestown

Bicycle

The Route 202 Parkway Trail links with the Doylestown trail system at Lower State Road and at Wells Road.

Vehicle Parking

Doylestown Central Park
40.285957, -75.138123

New Britain Road & 202 Parkway
40.291283, -75.141375

Bristol Road & 202 Parkway
40.281053, -75.182210

Stump Road & County Line Road
40.254195, -75.205255

Route 309 & 202 Parkway
40.232465, -75.239195

Knapp Road & 202 Parkway
40.227332, -75.243883

Perkiomen Trail Itinerary

Oaks to Collegeville Collegeville to Schuylkill River Trail Montgomery County
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Overview

Known locally as “The Perky,” this 20-mile route follows the former Perkiomen Line of the Reading Railroad.  In addition to transporting the famous “Perkiomen Ice” from ice houses found along the creek, the train also brought many vacationers from the city. Today this well-loved trail, follows a scenic route that links business areas, neighborhoods, and parks as it follows the Perkiomen Creek for much of the way.

Public Transit

SEPTA Bus

Route 93: Collegeville Trailhead
Route 99: Arcola and Egypt Rd. trail entrances

Bicycle

The Perkiomen trail links with the Audubon Loop Trail at Egypt Road at Lower Schuylkill Valley Park, and with the Schuylkill River Trail near the mouth of the Perkiomen Creek.

Vehicle Parking

There is limited parking available behind the Collegeville Station and the Collegeville Post Office. There is also on-street parking in Collegeville.

Trailhead at Lower Perkiomen Valley Park
40.131701, -75.446353

Trailhead at Pawlings Road
40.115057, -75.455837

This is actually on the Schuylkill River Trail and is a short distance from the trail junction with the Perkiomen Trail

Schuylkill River Trail: Pottstown to Reading

Pottstown to Reading Montgomery and Berks Counties
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Overview

The northern and most rural portion of the Schuylkill River Trail, this section of the route immerses trail users in a beautiful landscape, passes through charming small towns and offers the opportunity to visit historic sites. Follow scenic country roads, stop to enjoy restaurants and cafes and lose yourself in the beauty of Montgomery and Berks counties.

Public Transit

SEPTA Bus

Route 93 bus from Norristown to Montgomery County Community College, directly across from the trailhead at the Schuylkill River Heritage Area.

Pottstown Area Rapid Transit

Visit http://pottstownarearapidtransit.com/ and see their maps and schedules in their Ride Guide.

Bieber Tourways

Bieber Tourways operates intercity bus service between Reading, Pottsville, Norristown and Philadelphia, giving good access to the end points of this tour. Visit their website at
http://www.biebertourways.com/.

BARTA Bus

Numerous local routes in Reading and its suburbs are provided by BARTA, including several routes with serve RACC

Bicycle

The SRT currently ends at the Pottstown Trailhead at the headquarters of the Schuylkill River Heritage Area.

Bike Pottstown/Bike Schuylkill Bike Share provides free bicycle rentals to use the trail. Visit www.bikeschuylkill.org for details

Vehicle Parking

There are trailheads at several locations, as well other crossings of back roads:
Pottstown Riverfront Trailhead
40.243638, -75.653319

Keystone Blvd. Trailhead
40.245147, -75.660531

Grosstown Road Trailhead
40.244263, -75.690669

Union Township
40.258524, -75.781986

Angstadt Lane Trailhead
40.301122, -75.900003

Brentwood Trailhead along Route 10
40.301122, -75.900003

The RACC Trailhead in Reading
40.329383, -75.937041

Schuylkill River Trail: Manayunk to Valley Forge Trail Itinerary

Manayunk to Valley Forge Philadephia, PA
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Overview

Leave Philadelphia behind as you follow the Schuylkill River to neighboring Montgomery County.  Along the way visit historic sites such as Valley Forge, connect to numerous other off road routes and experience stunning views of the river and the surrounding landscape as you follow a portion of the towpath of the historic Schuylkill Canal.

Public Transit

SEPTA Regional Rail

Wissahickon, Manayunk, Ivy Ridge,
Spring Mill, Conshohocken, and Norristown

SEPTA Bus

Routes 35, 61, and 62 at Main Street Manayunk
Route 97 in Spring Mill
Routes 95 and 97 in Conshohocken
Routes 90, 91, 93, 96, 97, 98, 99, and 131 in Norristown
Route 99 in Betzwood and Valley Forge

Bicycle

This section links with the trail between Manayunk and Schuylkill Banks (see Tour 4), and the section of the Schuylkill River Trail continuing north to Phoenixville.

In fall 2015, this section will link to the Cynwyd Heritage Trail via the iconic Manayunk Bridge, which is being converted into a multi-use trail.

At Haws Avenue in Norristown, the SRT links with the Farm Park Connector, a marked trail route on back streets linking to the Norristown Farm Park which has parking and picnic facilities.

At Betzwood there is a walkway across the Schuylkill River on the Betzwood Bridge, linking to multi-use trails in Valley Forge National Park.

Vehicle Parking

Trailheads and parking, some on local streets, exist on many of the crossings and access points along the section of the trail. Key parking areas are in Manayunk, Spring Mill, Conshohocken, Norristown, Port Indian and Betzwood.

Schuylkill River Trail: Schuylkill Banks to Manayunk Trail Itinerary

Schuylkill Banks to Manayunk Philadelphia, PA
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Overview

One of the most popular urban trails in the country, this 7.5-mile section of the over 60-mile route follows the Schuylkill River as it passes by several iconic Philadelphia sites including the Museum of Art and Boathouse Row. From the trail it is possible to link to numerous additional trails, visit historic, educational, and cultural sites, as well as access some of the city’s most vibrant neighborhoods.

Public Transit

SEPTA Regional Rail

30th Street Station
All stops on the Manayunk/Norristown line

SEPTA Market-Frankford Line and trolleys

Exit at 30th Street Station onto JFK Blvd, descend the stairway on the east side of the Schuylkill River that goes directly to the Trail

SEPTA Bus

Routes 38 and 43 at Spring Garden Street
Routes R, K, 1, and 63 at Midvale Avenue
Routes 1, 9, 27, 31, 61, 62, 65, 124, 135, and R at the Wissahickon Transfer Center

Bicycle

Several shared lanes and buffered bicycle lanes link with Schuylkill Banks. The off-road Wissahickon Trail links with the SRT at Ridge Avenue. The Schuylkill River Trail currently extends beyond Manayunk out into Montgomery and Chester Counties.

Vehicle Parking

There are several parking facilities along both Kelly Drive and Martin Luther King Drives in Fairmount Park, as well as at the Fairmount Waterworks. There are paid private parking lots near Schuylkill Banks; on-street parking is very limited. On street parking in East Falls and Manayunk is possible, but sometime limited during busy period; however, there are paid private parking lots available as well.

Chester Valley Trail Itinerary

Exton Park to Old Eagle School Rd Tredyffrin Township, Chester Co, PA
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Overview

Follow the old railway corridor of the Chester Valley Railroad, a branch of the Reading Railroad, through scenic countryside in Chester and Montgomery counties. See remnants of the historic route in the form of stone culverts, explore a local park and keep your eyes open for abundant wildlife that live in the nearby wetlands.

Public Transit

SEPTA Bus

The 205 crosses the trail at Route 29, with certain trips crossing the trail at Cedar Hollow Road
SEPTA Routes 92 and 124 serve multiple points along the Trail between Chesterbrook Boulevard and Old Eagle School Road

Bicycle

There are currently no off-road bicycle trails linking fully with the Chester Valley Trail.

Vehicle Parking

Exton Park:
East Swedesford Road
Exton, PA 19341
40.040968, -75.602172

Battle of the Clouds Park
Phoenixville Pike
Malvern, PA 19355
40.045381, -75.573878

East Whiteland Township Building
209 Conestoga Road
Frazer, PA 19355
40.049467, -75.557509

Cobbs Creek Trail Itinerary

East Coast Greenway Philadelphia and Delaware Co, PA
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Overview

This lush greenway, which travels for 3.7 miles alongside Cobbs Creek, offers the perfect respite from summer heat. Enjoy a dense tree canopy as you travel on an off-road route which passes through a scenic neighborhood. Visit educational, historic and recreational sites along the way and follow the 58th Street Greenway that links to additional sites and trails. 

Public Transit

SEPTA Market-Frankford Line

63rd Street Station

SEPTA Trolley

Route 13 to 65th Street
Route 34 to 61st Street

SEPTA Bus

Routes 31, 21, 42, 60, and 108

Bicycle

There are currently no off-road bicycle trails linking with the Cobbs Creek Trail and 58th Street Greenway, except for a short completed section of the Schuylkill River Trail in Bartram’s Garden.

Numerous streets with bicycle lanes link to the Cobbs Creek Trail and the 58th Street Greenway.

Vehicle Parking

Parking is available on many local streets along the entire trail corridor.

Trail Tips

Expert tips for enjoying the Circuit Trails. Have Fun!

BIKE COMMUTING

Before you ride to work or school, do a test run on a weekend day to figure out the best streets or trails to get to there. Things to look for:

  • Streets with heavy bicycle usage (the herd knows best!).
  • Streets with bike lanes and lower travel speeds.
  • Is there a trail you can take part of the way?
  • Good views. Popular bike routes can include great views of rivers, green space, and the Philadelphia skyline, which will make your commute all the more enjoyable.

BIKING WITH KIDS

The best resource for how to ride with children is other parents! The Philadelphia Bike Coalition has partnered with Philadelphia Kidical Mass on a series of rides, workshops, and parent meet-ups.

  • Join Kidical Mass’s Facebook group to meet a friendly and information-rich community of Philadelphia-area parents who ride with their children.
  • Visit our Events Page to find rides and other family-oriented bicycling events like workshops and meetups.

BIKES ON BRIDGES

Only a handful of bridges that cross the Delaware River allow bicycles and pedestrians. These are the bridges which allow bicycles or pedestrians to cross:

Ben Franklin Bridge

Walkway open to bicycles and pedestrians 6AM – 8PM; open until 9PM from May-September.
During inclement weather, the bridge walkway may be closed. Follow @DRPA on Twitter for bridge updates

Tacony Palmyra Bridge

The sidewalk is open 24 hours weather permitting.
You are required to walk your bicycle across.
Delaware River Joint Toll Bridge Commission (Trenton and farther north)

Most bridges require you to walk across.
Bicycles and pedestrians not allowed on Lower Trenton (US-1), Scudder Falls (I-95) and US 202 Bridges.

HOW TO PROTECT YOUR BIKE

  • Try to avoid locking your bike somewhere overnight, even in Center City or in front of your house.
  • When locking in public, lock up in well-lit, well-trafficked areas.
  • Take your bike lights and panniers with you when you lock up.
  • Be aware of bicycle theft hot spots, but also remember that bike theft quantities are higher where there are more bikes. You can see a map of Philly’s bike theft patterns on the Philadelphia Bike Coalition’s Reports page.
  • Record your bicycle’s serial number and take photos of you with your bicycle, so you can prove ownership if it is stolen.
  • Your police district may offer bicycle registration services, which will also help its recovery should it be stolen. Call your local district office to ask about bicycle registration.
  • There is an ever-growing constellation of gadgets, gizmos, and systems designed to help you secure your bike and track it if it is stolen. They include GPS tracking devices, QR codes, and more.

WHAT TO DO IN A CRASH

  • Call 911 to request the police come to the scene and make a report.
  • Treat it like a car crash and obtain:
    • The license plate of the car.
    • The names and phone numbers of any witnesses.
    • The driver’s name, date of birth, contact info, and insurance information.
    • The responding police officer’s name and badge number.
  • Ensure that the motorist waits for the police to arrive. If they refuse or do not provide ID, get their license plate number, state of issue, and a description of the person driving the car.

GETTING THERE BY BUS OR TRAIN

Many Circuit Trails are accessible by bus or train. Most public transportation agencies in our region will welcome your bicycle with some restrictions. This map shows public transportation stops that are adjacent to the trails.


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SEPTA

  • Regional Rail: Bikes are prohibited on weekday trains arriving at 30th Street, Market East, or Suburban Stations between 6:00 – 9:30 AM, and prohibited on weekday trains departing those Philadelphia stations between 4:00-6:30 PM.
  • Subway-Elevated and Rt. 100: No bikes between 6-9 AM and 3-6 PM.
  • Bus: All buses have bike racks. Full size bicycles are not allowed inside buses. Here’s how you use those front-mounted bus racks.
  • Trolleys: No full size bicycles permitted.
  • Note: folding bikes are permitted on all vehicles but crowding may restrict their acceptance.

NJ TRANSIT

  • Rail : 2 bikes per car. Bikes are allowed at all times on the Atlantic City Line and the RiverLINE. There are time and holiday restrictions on the Northeast Corridor Line (see here for full list). Folding bikes allowed at all times
  • Bus: Local buses have bike racks, while long distance buses store bikes in the luggage compartment. No bikes, including folding bikes, are allowed inside buses.

PATCO

  • 2 bikes per car, no time restrictions except during times of special construction projects.
  • Hold bikes in doorways on the non-platform side of the train.
  • Folding bikes allowed at all times

Amtrak

  • Amtrak's 30th Street Station is just one block from the Schuylkill River Trail and is a great way for out of area residents to access the Circuit Trails. Amtrak has a launched a pilot program that allows unboxed bicycles on select Amtrak Trains for a $20 reservation fee. This Google Map shows which trains and stations can accommodate bicycles. We expect that more trains will allow bikes in the future.
  • Folding bikes are allowed on all Amtrak trains for no charge in lieu of one piece of luggage

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