Get out and explore a Circuit Trail near you using these 12, detail-packed itineraries. Whether looking for a place to jog, bike or simply stroll with a two or four legged friend, each of these trails offers an excellent venue for all of the above. Get out there!
Follow the former corridor of the Philadelphia and Western Railway Company on a tranquil, wooded route in northwest Philadelphia. This 2.4-mile trail chronicles the area's history in the form of historical markers along the way and includes several significant old rail stations that are worthy of exploration and provide insight into the area's rich past.
SEPTA Paoli-Thorndale Line:
Strafford Station – West end of trail
Radnor Station – East end of trail
See the area map for back streets extending from the stations to the trail.
SEPTA Bus Lines
Route 105 from 69th Street Terminal to Paoli
Get off at Sugartown Road and Lancaster Avenue or Radnor-Chester Road and Lancaster Avenue
There are currently no off-road bicycle trails linking with the Radnor Trail.
Loop through the crown jewel of Camden?s park system on a 3.7-mile paved trail. Enroute enjoy a plethora of activities including kayaking or sailing on the river, visit the driving range or play mini golf, tour an historic house, stop for a picnic lunch, watch one of many premier rowing events that are hosted here, and spot a wide variety of wildlife. These are just a few of the many activities that make this an ideal family destination.
The most convenient stations are Collingswood, Westmont, and Haddonfield. See the area map for back streets extending from the stations to the Park.
NJ Transit Bus Lines
Routes 406, 413, 450, 451
Currently, no trails fully link with Cooper River Park. Additional sections of Cooper River Park trails extend into Camden west of Route 130 and east to the Kings Highway and Brace Road.
Travel alongside two historic canals systems that stretch from New Brunswick to Trenton and from Trenton to Frenchtown and imagine a time when mules hauled cargo on this scenic route. See remnants of a bygone era in the form of wooden bridges, locks, stone-arched culverts, and small towns that played a huge role in American history. Also an important wildlife corridor, this 69-mile trail offers something for everyone.
Lambertville is accessible via Transbridge Lines from Doylestown, New Hope and New York.
Trenton is accessible via rail service provided by Amtrak, New Jersey Transit, and SEPTA.
The D&L Trail on the Pennsylvania side of the Delaware River gives access via the bridges at New Hope-Lambertville, Washington Crossing, and Morrisville-Trenton. Walk your bike on the footwalk on the bridges. East Coast Greenway links to this tour at Trenton. Visit www.greenway.org
Wind your way through the scenic Pennypack Creek Valley on this 14-mile trail that was once the corridor for the Fox Chase - Newton Branch Line. Cross over a dramatic steel bridge, delight in the stunning beauty of Pennypack Park, spot birds at top birding areas, and see remains of buildings from colonial times. Recently the trail was extended allowing for access to historic Bryn Athyn.
Trenton Regional Rail to Holmeburg Junction SEPTA Regional Rail to Fox Chase Station
SEPTA Bus and Trackless Trolley
Routes 70 and 84 to State Road Route 88 to Welsh Road Route 28 to Rhawn Street Routes 20 and 50 to Holme Avenue Route 58 to Bustleton Avenue Route 19 to Krewstown Road Route 67 to Verree Road Route 66 to Frankford Avenue
The Pennypack Trail continues north into Montgomery County where it follows the railbed of the former Reading Railroad Newtown Branch.
Once home to the sound of logging mills, today the verdant Wissahickon Valley Park offers a tranquil refuge from nearby Center City. Immerse yourself in a beautiful landscape of waterfalls, streams and dense foliage as you wind along a 7-mile long route through the park. Visit historic sites, spot wildlife and explore additional trails that lead to quiet and remote areas.
Manayunk-Norristown Regional Rail Line to Wissahickon Station
Chestnut Hill West Line to St. Martins Station. Follow Springfield Ave and Valley Green Road into the gorge to connect with the trail.
Chestnut Hill West Line to Highland Station. Follow Seminole Avenue and then Rex Avenue down in to the gorge to connect with the Trail
Routes 1, 9, 27, 35, 38, 61, 124, 125, and R to Wissahickon Transfer Center Route 27 to Wise?s Mill Road Routes L and 97 to Northwestern Avenue
The Wissahickon Trail begins at the southern end at its junction with the Schuylkill River Trail at the mouth of the Wissahickon Creek at Ridge Avenue.
Cycle over rolling hills and enjoy tranquil farm and woodland vistas as you parallel a PA scenic byway on this protected path. The 8.4 mile route links Montgomery, Warrington and Doylestown, offering access to a wide variety of cultural, educational, and recreational sites; retail areas; links to other trails; and farms where in season you can pick your own fruit.
Routes 94 and 132 to the Montgomery Mall Route 55 to downtown Doylestown
Doylestown Regional Rail
Delaware Valley College Station Downtown Doylestown Station
Greyhound Line to Doylestown Trans-Bridge Line to Doylestown
The Route 202 Parkway Trail links with the Doylestown trail system at Lower State Road and at Wells Road.
Doylestown Central Park 40.285957, -75.138123
New Britain Road & 202 Parkway 40.291283, -75.141375
Bristol Road & 202 Parkway 40.281053, -75.182210
Stump Road & County Line Road 40.254195, -75.205255
Route 309 & 202 Parkway 40.232465, -75.239195
Knapp Road & 202 Parkway 40.227332, -75.243883
Perkiomen Trail Itinerary
Oaks to Collegeville Collegeville to Schuylkill River Trail Montgomery County
Known locally as “The Perky," this 20-mile route follows the former Perkiomen Line of the Reading Railroad. In addition to transporting the famous “Perkiomen Ice" from ice houses found along the creek, the train also brought many vacationers from the city. Today this well-loved trail, follows a scenic route that links business areas, neighborhoods, and parks as it follows the Perkiomen Creek for much of the way.
The northern and most rural portion of the Schuylkill River Trail, this section of the route immerses trail users in a beautiful landscape, passes through charming small towns and offers the opportunity to visit historic sites. Follow scenic country roads, stop to enjoy restaurants and cafes and lose yourself in the beauty of Montgomery and Berks counties.
Route 93 bus from Norristown to Montgomery County Community College, directly across from the trailhead at the Schuylkill River Heritage Area.
Bieber Tourways operates intercity bus service between Reading, Pottsville, Norristown and Philadelphia, giving good access to the end points of this tour. Visit their website at http://www.biebertourways.com/.
Numerous local routes in Reading and its suburbs are provided by BARTA, including several routes with serve RACC
The SRT currently ends at the Pottstown Trailhead at the headquarters of the Schuylkill River Heritage Area.
Bike Pottstown/Bike Schuylkill Bike Share provides free bicycle rentals to use the trail. Visit www.bikeschuylkill.org for details
There are trailheads at several locations, as well other crossings of back roads: Pottstown Riverfront Trailhead 40.243638, -75.653319
Keystone Blvd. Trailhead 40.245147, -75.660531
Grosstown Road Trailhead 40.244263, -75.690669
Union Township 40.258524, -75.781986
Angstadt Lane Trailhead 40.301122, -75.900003
Brentwood Trailhead along Route 10 40.301122, -75.900003
The RACC Trailhead in Reading 40.329383, -75.937041
Schuylkill River Trail: Manayunk to Valley Forge Trail Itinerary
Leave Philadelphia behind as you follow the Schuylkill River to neighboring Montgomery County. Along the way visit historic sites such as Valley Forge, connect to numerous other off road routes and experience stunning views of the river and the surrounding landscape as you follow a portion of the towpath of the historic Schuylkill Canal.
SEPTA Regional Rail
Wissahickon, Manayunk, Ivy Ridge, Spring Mill, Conshohocken, and Norristown
Routes 35, 61, and 62 at Main Street Manayunk Route 97 in Spring Mill Routes 95 and 97 in Conshohocken Routes 90, 91, 93, 96, 97, 98, 99, and 131 in Norristown Route 99 in Betzwood and Valley Forge
This section links with the trail between Manayunk and Schuylkill Banks (see Tour 4), and the section of the Schuylkill River Trail continuing north to Phoenixville.
In fall 2015, this section will link to the Cynwyd Heritage Trail via the iconic Manayunk Bridge, which is being converted into a multi-use trail.
At Haws Avenue in Norristown, the SRT links with the Farm Park Connector, a marked trail route on back streets linking to the Norristown Farm Park which has parking and picnic facilities.
At Betzwood there is a walkway across the Schuylkill River on the Betzwood Bridge, linking to multi-use trails in Valley Forge National Park.
Trailheads and parking, some on local streets, exist on many of the crossings and access points along the section of the trail. Key parking areas are in Manayunk, Spring Mill, Conshohocken, Norristown, Port Indian and Betzwood.
Schuylkill River Trail: Schuylkill Banks to Manayunk Trail Itinerary
One of the most popular urban trails in the country, this 7.5-mile section of the over 60-mile route follows the Schuylkill River as it passes by several iconic Philadelphia sites including the Museum of Art and Boathouse Row. From the trail it is possible to link to numerous additional trails, visit historic, educational, and cultural sites, as well as access some of the city's most vibrant neighborhoods.
SEPTA Regional Rail
30th Street Station
All stops on the Manayunk/Norristown line
SEPTA Market-Frankford Line and trolleys
Exit at 30th Street Station onto JFK Blvd, descend the stairway on the east side of the Schuylkill River that goes directly to the Trail
Routes 38 and 43 at Spring Garden Street
Routes R, K, 1, and 63 at Midvale Avenue
Routes 1, 9, 27, 31, 61, 62, 65, 124, 135, and R at the Wissahickon Transfer Center
Several shared lanes and buffered bicycle lanes link with Schuylkill Banks. The off-road Wissahickon Trail links with the SRT at Ridge Avenue. The Schuylkill River Trail currently extends beyond Manayunk out into Montgomery and Chester Counties.
There are several parking facilities along both Kelly Drive and Martin Luther King Drives in Fairmount Park, as well as at the Fairmount Waterworks. There are paid private parking lots near Schuylkill Banks; on-street parking is very limited. On street parking in East Falls and Manayunk is possible, but sometime limited during busy period; however, there are paid private parking lots available as well.
Chester Valley Trail Itinerary
Exton Park to Old Eagle School Rd Tredyffrin Township, Chester Co, PA
Follow the old railway corridor of the Chester Valley Railroad, a branch of the Reading Railroad, through scenic countryside in Chester and Montgomery counties. See remnants of the historic route in the form of stone culverts, explore a local park and keep your eyes open for abundant wildlife that live in the nearby wetlands.
The 205 crosses the trail at Route 29, with certain trips crossing the trail at Cedar Hollow Road SEPTA Routes 92 and 124 serve multiple points along the Trail between Chesterbrook Boulevard and Old Eagle School Road
There are currently no off-road bicycle trails linking fully with the Chester Valley Trail.
Exton Park: East Swedesford Road Exton, PA 19341 40.040968, -75.602172
Battle of the Clouds Park Phoenixville Pike Malvern, PA 19355 40.045381, -75.573878
East Whiteland Township Building 209 Conestoga Road Frazer, PA 19355 40.049467, -75.557509
Cobbs Creek Trail Itinerary
East Coast Greenway Philadelphia and Delaware Co, PA
This lush greenway, which travels for 3.7 miles alongside Cobbs Creek, offers the perfect respite from summer heat. Enjoy a dense tree canopy as you travel on an off-road route which passes through a scenic neighborhood. Visit educational, historic and recreational sites along the way and follow the 58th Street Greenway that links to additional sites and trails.
SEPTA Market-Frankford Line
63rd Street Station
Route 13 to 65th Street Route 34 to 61st Street
Routes 31, 21, 42, 60, and 108
There are currently no off-road bicycle trails linking with the Cobbs Creek Trail and 58th Street Greenway, except for a short completed section of the Schuylkill River Trail in Bartram?s Garden.
Numerous streets with bicycle lanes link to the Cobbs Creek Trail and the 58th Street Greenway.
Parking is available on many local streets along the entire trail corridor.
Expert tips for enjoying the Circuit Trails. Have Fun!
Before you ride to work or school, do a test run on a weekend day to figure out the best streets or trails to get to there. Things to look for:
Streets with heavy bicycle usage (the herd knows best!).
Streets with bike lanes and lower travel speeds.
Is there a trail you can take part of the way?
Good views. Popular bike routes can include great views of rivers, green space, and the Philadelphia skyline, which will make your commute all the more enjoyable.
Biking with Kids
The best resource for how to ride with children is other parents! The Philadelphia Bike Coalition has partnered with Philadelphia Kidical Mass on a series of rides, workshops, and parent meet-ups.
Visit our Events Page to find rides and other family-oriented bicycling events like workshops and meetups.
Bikes on Bridges
Only a handful of bridges that cross the Delaware River allow bicycles and pedestrians. These are the bridges which allow bicycles or pedestrians to cross:
Ben Franklin Bridge
Walkway open to bicycles and pedestrians 6AM – 8PM; open until 9PM from May-September.
During inclement weather, the bridge walkway may be closed. Follow @DRPA on Twitter for bridge updates
Tacony Palmyra Bridge
The sidewalk is open 24 hours weather permitting.
You are required to walk your bicycle across.
Delaware River Joint Toll Bridge Commission (Trenton and farther north)
Most bridges require you to walk across.
Bicycles and pedestrians not allowed on Lower Trenton (US-1), Scudder Falls (I-95) and US 202 Bridges.
How to protect your bike
Try to avoid locking your bike somewhere overnight, even in Center City or in front of your house.
When locking in public, lock up in well-lit, well-trafficked areas.
Take your bike lights and panniers with you when you lock up.
Be aware of bicycle theft hot spots, but also remember that bike theft quantities are higher where there are more bikes. You can see a map of Philly’s bike theft patterns on the Philadelphia Bike Coalition’s Reports page.
Record your bicycle’s serial number and take photos of you with your bicycle, so you can prove ownership if it is stolen.
Your police district may offer bicycle registration services, which will also help its recovery should it be stolen. Call your local district office to ask about bicycle registration.
There is an ever-growing constellation of gadgets, gizmos, and systems designed to help you secure your bike and track it if it is stolen. They include GPS tracking devices, QR codes, and more.
What to do in a crash
Call 911 to request the police come to the scene and make a report.
Treat it like a car crash and obtain:
The license plate of the car.
The names and phone numbers of any witnesses.
The driver’s name, date of birth, contact info, and insurance information.
The responding police officer’s name and badge number.
Ensure that the motorist waits for the police to arrive. If they refuse or do not provide ID, get their license plate number, state of issue, and a description of the person driving the car.
Getting there by bus or train
Many Circuit Trails are accessible by bus or train. Most public transportation agencies in our region will welcome your bicycle with some restrictions. This map shows public transportation stops that are adjacent to the trails.
Regional Rail: Bikes are prohibited on weekday trains arriving at 30th Street, Market East, or Suburban Stations between 6:00 – 9:30 AM, and prohibited on weekday trains departing those Philadelphia stations between 4:00-6:30 PM.
Subway-Elevated and Rt. 100: No bikes between 6-9 AM and 3-6 PM.
Rail : 2 bikes per car. Bikes are allowed at all times on the Atlantic City Line and the RiverLINE. There are time and holiday restrictions on the Northeast Corridor Line (see here for full list). Folding bikes allowed at all times
Bus: Local buses have bike racks, while long distance buses store bikes in the luggage compartment. No bikes, including folding bikes, are allowed inside buses.
Amtrak’s 30th Street Station is just one block from the Schuylkill River Trail and is a great way for out of area residents to access the Circuit Trails. Amtrak has a launched a pilot program that allows unboxed bicycles on select Amtrak Trains for a $20 reservation fee. This Google Map shows which trains and stations can accommodate bicycles. We expect that more trains will allow bikes in the future.
Folding bikes are allowed on all Amtrak trains for no charge in lieu of one piece of luggage