Manayunk Towpath

CYCLE PHILADELPHIA, SIGHTSEEING & KIDS RIDE, MANAYUNK TOWPATH At just four miles round trip the Manayunk Towpath provides a fun, leisurely trail for bike riders of all abilities. You’ll pass a lot of families and little tykes here. The path also provides an offroad alternative to Main Street between the Kelly Drive and Valley Forge sections of the Schuylkill River Trail, but take note: the gravel towards the end of the path is best handled with fatter tires. The towpath is part of the Schuylkill River Heritage Area, which “celebrates the rich culture and history of the Schuylkill River watershed.” The trail, which runs between the canal and the back porches of some of the cafés on Main Street, becomes increasingly wooded as you pedal away from Lock Street. This is a great option for a family outing – you’ll bike ride under a few dramatic bridges, and hopefully see lots of birds, fish and turtles mingling with the old industrial structures. There are plenty of places to enter and exit the path along the way if you’d like a bite (for more information about what’s happening in Manayunk, check out Ride 18). As the trail becomes more rugged, the gravel may prove nasty on your tires. Make sure to either bring a spare tube or plan to get pumped about a walk back to Cadence or Human Zoom for a fix. The end of the towpath drops you off on Nixon Street, which is very close to the entrance to the Valley Forge section of the Schuylkill River Trail. Try it out if you’d like to extend your ride – this is a terrific bike path. FOOD AND DRINK There are a million cafés on Main Street – no need to look far! ACCESS The towpath runs in between Main Street and the Manayunk Canal. There is a very well marked entrance on the corner of Main and Lock streets. Buses 61 and 35 serve the area, but you can also take the Manayunk/Norristown line to the Manayunk train station.
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): 3.5
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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