The Cobbs Creek Bikeway

CYCLE PHILADELPHIA, SIGHTSEEING & KIDS RIDE, COBBS CREEK BIKEWAY Far out in West Philadelphia you’ll find the Cobbs Creek Bikeway, a quiet path that stretches from 63rd Street and Market on down to 70th. City and nature collide along this bike ride – to one side you’ll see the creek and its verdant trees, to the other you’ll watch the cityscape of West Philly fly by. This juxtaposition makes for some of the most unique urban bike riding that Philadelphia has to offer. Starting out at the northern tip of the recreation path, you’ll pass the Laura Sims Skate House and the Cobbs Creek Recreation Center. The pool by the rec center is barely visible from the path, but the giggling and splashing can be heard all the way down the block in the summer months. The Cobbs Creek Community Environmental Education Center is up next. CCCEEC is housed in a beautifully restored stable on 63rd and Catharine. It offers programming for activists of all ages, from the Senior Environmental Corps to The Park Management for Youth Program. The bike path follows the rhythm of the city blocks, and in some sections you’ll have to cross the street in order to reach the path on the next block. On 61st Street (seems illogical but the street number is correct, it’s just a funny angle) the path curves to the right around Cobbs Creek Park. You’ll continue along path adjacent to the park until reaching Baltimore Avenue. After crossing Baltimore, follow the path past the basketball courts to enter the woods. This section of the path is quieter than the others. You’ll pass an old railroad trestle sprouting up from the ground, a striking sight in the summer when surrounded by big bushy tree leaves. It looks like the top of the canopy. Continue along the path and follow the creek before hitting a steep switchback – the only hill of the ride. When you emerge from the woods, you’ll be riding alongside the curvy Cobbs Creek Parkway. The old stone walls after Mount Moriah Cemetery seem to hold the stories of centuries. This is my favorite section of the path. You’ll pass under a few scattered bridges before you are jolted out of your escape by busy 70th Street, marking the end of the path. After you turn around at 70th Street to head back north, you may feel something of a slow burn – there will be a slight incline for most of the way back to 63rd Street. FOOD AND DRINK Not many options along Cobbs Creek, so best to bring some snacks and extra water for your ride. ACCESS You’ll find a parking lot near the northern end of the path on 63rd and Walnut Street in West Philadelphia. The Spruce Street bike lanes and the 21 bus will also get you close by.
Ride type:
Sightseeing
Mountain biking
Road riding
Commuter
Kid friendly
Difficulty: Various - from beginner to expert
Ride Duration: 1-2 hours
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
Estimated Distance (Kms): 11.26
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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