Schuylkill Banks Park

CYCLE PHILADELPHIA, SIGHTSEEING RIDE & KIDS RIDE, SCHUYLKILL BANKS PARK Schuylkill Banks Park is a one mile path that stretches from Locust Street to Martin Luther King Jr. Drive along the river. A well known destination for outdoor recreation, hundreds of Philadelphians head to the banks everyday for fresh air and exercise. You will be joined by runners and cyclists on the path, sunbathers on the banks, and fishermen at water’s edge. There are plenty of benches and sitting rocks to stop and enjoy the river or watch the geese. The bike ride starts at Locust Street and ends at the Art Museum, but there are other access points along the banks which may be more convenient for you. Regardless of where you enter Schuylkill Banks Park, just follow the river and you’ll never be lost! If you’re starting at Locust Street, you’ll make a right onto the path after crossing the railroad tracks. You’ll pass under the Walnut Street Bridge and then the Chestnut Street Bridge – ring your bell, this turn can be blind. After two more bridges, you will be in the land of the goose – they seem to love the area near the Art Museum and they do not mind getting in your way. There is a downhill and another great spot to ring your bell around the bend. When you pop up again, you’ll be greeted by the waterworks to the left. Boathouse Row is straight ahead, which connects you to The Loop and most other Art Museum Departures. Side Trip In the summer and early fall, Hidden River Outfitters Kayak Tours leads guided tours of the Schuylkill. Options include the area around the Fairmount Water Works, a trip to Bartram’s Garden, and even a moonlit tour here and there. FOOD AND DRINK Bacchus Market is a great locally owned little shop for sandwiches and coffee, located near the entrance to the Schuylkill Banks Park on 23rd and Spruce. ACCESS The log begins at the 25th and Locust Entrance to Schuylkill Banks Park. Buses 7, 12, and 40 serve the area. There are access points to the river on Race and Locust, ramps on Market and Chestnut, and stairs on Walnut Street. The trail sits behind the Art Museum, and can also be reached via Kelly Drive.
Ride type:
Mountain biking
Road riding
Kid friendly
Rail Trail
Difficulty: Beginner (Green)
Ride Duration: <1 hr
Fitness Level: Low
Shared Bike Path - Paved
Shared Bike Path - Dirt
On-Road Bike Lane
Off-Road - Fire Trail
Off-Road - Rail Trail
Off-Road - Single Track
Off-Road - Downhill
Estimated Distance (Kms): 1.6
First Aid
Bike hire facilities
Bike servicing
Accessible by bike
Accessible by car
Accessible by public transport
Accessible by shuttle / uber
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