Opening Day for Trails kicks off this weekend nationwide, and there are even a few events happening right here in Philadelphia. Wherever you are, celebrate the season by hiking or biking along our city’s amazing trails and greenways. Philadelphia is sometimes described as a city within a park, and most residents live within a short distance of green spaces. Getting to a park for some trail time is easy, and you don’t need a car.
Mother nature throws in an added bonus this time of year by turning barren tree branches and brown meadows into lush green fields and trees with accents of bright pink, white, and yellow leaves and blossoms. These colors don’t last long, so we want you to get out and enjoy them.
Download the GoPhillyGo Android app or save the GoPhillyGo mobile site to your iPhone’s home screen to get multimodal directions to great places, and discover other nearby destinations along your way. We made a list of our favorite trails to explore in Philadelphia and we hope you will put on your hiking shoes or grab your bike and get outside. This is the perfect time to explore a new trail, so double down on your commitment to being sustainable and let GoPhillyGo get you there!
The SRT is one of Philly’s most popular paved greenways and connects towns and other trails along the Schuylkill River in Montgomery and Chester Counties. The SRT is perfect for a short walk along Boathouse Row or an epic bike ride out to the suburbs. Stop by the Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education’s brand new SRT Gateway this Saturday April 13 for refreshments and meet with other people who love trails. Click here for directions. The Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia is hosting a ride this Saturday along the SRT and up to the new Discovery Center in Strawberry Mansion. Click here to learn more about this bike ride!
Every season is a good season to be on this top rated trail. Forbidden Drive was recently voted the best trail in PA, and is one of the most scenic greenways in our region. The wide packed gravel trail has connections to smaller trails leading up the cliffs in Wissahickon Valley Park. Check out amazing destinations along the way like the Fingerspan Bridge and Devil’s Pool. You can also connect to the Wissahickon Bike Trail which connects to the Schuylkill River Trail and the Wissahickon Transportation Center. Use the GoPhillyGo app to navigate the trails and get alerts when you are near a destination along Forbidden Drive.
The Philadelphia section of Pennypack Trail is a roughly 9 mile paved greenway that follows the Pennypack Creek as it crosses Northeast Philadelphia from the Montgomery County border to the Delaware River. Stop in the Pennypack Environmental Center or take a break at Pennypack Pavillion. The paved greenway begins at Pine Road, but you can travel North along an unpaved section of the Pennypack Trail to Montgomery Lorimer Park. Head south and you will pass through several neighborhoods before reaching the river at Pennypack on the Delaware.
This is one of the shorter paved greenways in Philadelphia, but you will find picturesque views of the Tacony/Frankford Creek along the way. SEPTA Route 57 drops you off at the Northern Trailhead along Crescentville Rd near Adams Ave in Olney. You can bike from there to the southern trailhead at I St and Ramona Ave in about 30 minutes, but take the time to stop along the creek’s banks to enjoy the sounds of the forest. Numerous gateways give trail users access to the surrounding neighborhoods and all have nearby transit connections.
You can get to the northern trailhead by taking the Market-Frankford Line to 63rd Street station. From there head south to the Cobbs Creek Community Environmental Center where you can connect to natural trails that wind along the creek. The paved greenway passes by Mt. Moriah Cemetery before ending near 70th street. Participate in a cleanup along the Cobbs Creek at the historic Blue Bell in where the Cobbs Creek Trail will extend to in the future. Click here for directions. You can also stop by the Cobbs Creek Rec Center at 10am this Saturday for a walk with local pediatricians who prescribe outdoor activity and time in nature. Refreshments will be provided. Click here for more details!
Riverfront North is made up of series of parks along the Delaware River north of Center City. Each park has unique characteristics, trails, access to public transit, and are close enough to walk or bike between. The 2.2 mile Port Richmond Trail runs between Allegheny Ave and Orthodox St with a connection to the Frankford Greenway. Travel between Lardner’s Point and the Frankford Boat launch and find native plants and amazing views of the Tacony-Palmyra Bridge.