", "The Thun Trail has a well packed crushed stone surface, making this a great trail for kids and groups. Perhaps Schuylkill River Trail should become a project so that it is cohesive in content and style? Instead, this trail is part of the proposed "Schuylkill East Trail" which would be a similar long distance trail. The first time I tried to ride all the way from VF to the Art Museum, I found a nice isolated paved trail all the way to the border of Philadelphia, just as the pictures depicted. My husband and I took a few moments to sight see a bit before heading back around Fairmont Park and heading home. This is a great trail. You may even see a freight train passing you along the way. Converting the sidewalk on Main Street to a shared bike path is also part of this plan. I hear you can go south into town, but we opted for Cabella's A/C. I disliked this trail for several reasons. To reach the Sullivans Lane trailhead at Valley Forge National Historical Park from I-76, take Exit 328A for US 202 S/US 422 W/Swedesford Road toward W. Chester/Pottstown. 5. Pretty and well maintained for the more experienced bikers and weekend warriors alike! First, biking into Philadelphia showcases some of the most interesting sites along the Schuylkill River such as the rowers, boat house row, The Philadelphia Art Museum and the city skyline etc. Today June 13th I did 12 and a 1/2 miles out of Pottstown past Birdsboro. Even though it was sunny, 68 degrees, in November, it was not very busy. Turn right onto W. Passyunk Ave., and go 0.2 mile. I think my only complaint would be the dog poop! This route is slightly longer to the Art Museum, but it's much more pleasant because you don't have to avoid lots of other users (there are many users on West River, but they're on a four-lane smooth road instead of a 5-foot-wide trail). Be aware that the trail is not well marked here. Friendship Field. The road dead-ends into the trailhead parking lot. The trail's western terminus is just upstream from the Reading Area Community College. This was our first ride on this leg of the trail. Subtle improvements in the trail in 2012 make it safer for the whole family. The potential for playing a key role in revitalizing the riverfront and drawing business to towns like Spring City and Royersford also exists. The trail is flat and puts you along some very nice scenery, river views from Oaks Pa down to the Philly Art museum. These areas will need to be paved. Many people were on the trail and I enjoyed some conversation and healthy challenges by keeping up with some bicyclist on the trail. THIS IS BAD for bikes, and to compound it, it is not only a highway, but one that is privately owned. If you're thinking about taking this ride, the best advice I can give you is avoid Saturdays and Sundays if possible, especially April through October. The Experience. Once you hit the Fairmount Park area, relatively decent trail surface, but expect heavy traffic all the way to what is now the end of the trail in Philadelphia. As is, the trail is a nice 6 mile ride from the trail head at Hamburg to the Auburn Bridge. PHOENIXVILLE, PA — Updating a story from last week, the new bike repair station is now installed on the Schuylkill River Trail in Phoenixville. This incredibly popular multi-use trail runs from the heart of the city northeast through urban, suburban and rural areas and is part of the East Coast Greenway. They serve the same purpose, are just as effective, and are safer. You may want to walk your bike for part of it. It then goes down a lightly-traveled neighborhood (OK), and then goes down to the river via smooth cobblestone bricks (the worst possible surface for bikes) and becomes a relatively narrow walkway with much loose gravel and rocks. At this point the trail was macadam surface and the ride was fine. Turn right onto Island Ave., and go 0.4 mile. Donna Reinhart 7/5/09. It didn't look like gatorade either. Rather than rehash the description above, I'll just note that, like other long-distance greenways, the Schuylkill River Trail has a lot to offer for hikers, cyclists, parents pushing young kids in strollers and roller and inline skating on the paved sections. So much potential, but horseback riders, show some common decency and clean up after you animal! It's mind-boggling how often you and somebody coming the other way meet at one of those gates, and somebody has to slow down or stop to yield. Be careful of the entrance ramp to City Line Avenue and Rte. The way back from Valley Forge no problem. ", TrailLink is a free service provided by Rails-to-Trails conservancy, We're a non-profit all about helping you enjoy the outdoors, Berks, Chester, Montgomery, Philadelphia, Schuylkill, S. 56th St. near Eastwick Ave. (Philadelphia) and Main St. and S. 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