Cycle Philadelphia, Sightseeing Ride & Kids Ride, Pennypack Park Ride

Pennypack Park is one of a kind in Philadelphia. No other paved bicycling trail in the city is as long or as secluded. The path follows the curves of the Pennypack Creek, an area that was originally preserved for its ornithological diversity. While you will pedal under enormous bridges and hear the whir of major thruways – Route 1, Bustleton, and Rhawn, to name a few –the park still has quiet pockets that will help you forget it’s smack in the middle of the city.

Terrain

Pennypack offers cyclists a long, paved path through the woods – in Northeast Philadelphia! You’ll enjoy a mix of short hills and flat riding along the creek. There are also gravel mountain bike trails off the main path.

Traffic

This is a mixed use trail, and there is steady traffic from the bicycling and jogging set in warmer months. Horseback riding is also popular on the gravel trails.

Access

Pennypack is located in Northeast Philadelphia. There is ample parking at the trail head off Shady Lane. The 67 bus will drop you at Verree Road and Tustin Street, and the 58 at Bustleton and Winchester Avenue – both a stone’s throw from trail entrances.

Food and Drink

Bring a picnic! If you forget, there’s usually a sandwich stand by the Shady Lane entrance with cold drinks. If you’re starving and looking for an on-road biking adventure, Sweet Lucy’s has delicious barbeque. It’s past Frankford on State Road.

Side Trip

Pennypack Park hosts an outdoor concert series on Wednesday evenings in the summer. Throw a lawn chair on your rack and bike on down!

 

More Details

This shady path offers city dwellers a lovely change of pace. Because it is straight and hilly, Pennypack makes for a great exercise or training route. This is a popular place for cyclists and runners on the weekends and after work – head over in the mornings to have the trail to yourself and the deer! Pennypack is also perfect for families and lazy Sunday afternoon rides. The park itself is about 1600 acres of woodlands, offering an oasis in Northeast Philadelphia. Historic structures and stone bridges pop up along the main trail, and gravel paths lead off into the woods.

The top half (from Shady Lane to Bustleton) has short, fun spikes every half mile or so, while the bottom half (Bustleton to Frankford) is much flatter. The trail is very curvy, and there are a few blind spots, so be sure to ride slowly if you can’t see what’s coming straight ahead. Pennypack is just one long path that runs from Shady Lane in Fox Chase all the way to State Road in Holmesburg. There are points to pick up the path at all of the major intersections, and bicycle traffic runs fluidly in each direction.

 

Ride Log

  • 0.0 Pick up the north end of the trail by the Shady Ln entrance.
  • 0.7 Cross Verree Rd. The Pennypack Environmental Center is just before Verree.
  • 2.4 Cross Krewstown Rd.
  • 3.2 Ride by Bustleton Ave. You’ll go up a steep hill next.
  • 3.5 Pop out on Winchester Ave and duck back into the woods.
  • 4.1 Ride under Rt 1.
  • 4.8 Cross Holme Ave.
  • 5.2 Cross Rhawn St and follow the curves.
  • 6.0 Cross Rhawn again.
  • 6.3 Entering an open area here – the concert stage is coming up on your left.
  • 6.5 Cross Welsh Rd.
  • 7.6 Hit Frankford Ave. If you wish, you can cross Frankford and pick up the trail a little ways farther to State Rd. But if you haven’t yet, Frankford is as good a place to turn around as any.
  • 9.1 Cross Rhawn one more time.
  • 12.0 Cross back over Bustleton.
  • 14.4 Bike by Verree Rd.
  • 15.2 And back to the beginning!
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    23.931 km / 14.87 mi

    Total Distance

    585 m / 1,920 ft

    Total Ascent

    580 m / 1,903 ft

    Total Descent

    54 m / 178 ft

    Highest Point

    Ride type:
    Sightseeing
    Mountain biking
    Road riding
    Commuter
    Kid friendly
    Rail Trail
    Difficulty: Beginner (Green)
    Ride Duration: 1-2 hrs
    Fitness Level: All
    Terrain:
    Shared Bike Path - Paved
    Shared Bike Path - Dirt
    On-Road Bike Lane
    On-Road
    Off-Road - Fire Trail
    Off-Road - Rail Trail
    Off-Road - Single Track
    Off-Road - Downhill
    Mobile Coverage: Excellent
    Estimated Distance: 15.2
    Elevation Gain: 122
    Services:
    Water
    Food
    First Aid
    Toilets
    Bike hire facilities
    Carparking
    Bike servicing
    Accessible by bike
    Accessible by car
    Accessible by public transport
    Accessible by shuttle / uber

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