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