The John Bartram Trail (a.k.a. Bartram Trail) is simply one section of the very involved Schuylkill River Trail, which is being developed in sections as funds and capacity permit. Currently 9.6 miles of the Bartram Trail is open. There are two disconnected pieces of trail that have been developed for non-motorized use.
The Appalachian Trail crosses this section of the Schuylkill River Trail, southwest of the village of Port Clinton, and sections of the trail cross Pennsylvania Gamelands. You can buy fresh roasted peanuts and penny candy in Port Clinton from one of the few remaining penny candy stores in the state.
Visit the other Schuylkill River Trail segments: Valley Forge to Philadelphia
, the Thun Trail
, and the Phoenixville to Pottstown
To get to the southern trailhead near Hamburg from Interstae 78, take Route 61 North and turn right onto Jetson Drive, directly across from Cabela's. At the T turn right onto Industrial Drive, and follow this road to the railroad tracks. Make an immediate left onto Kernsville Dam Road and follow straight to the trailhead and parking.
One great ride on a great fall day. Mile for mile it is one of the very best trails I have done. I only did from the Kernsville Dam at Hamburg to the closed bridge a 6 mile ride up. When I got back to the parking lot and talked to a local I found out ...
This is a very nice run. Up and back from the parking lot near the basin monument is approximately 6 miles (according to GPS). If I am not mistaken, you can probably run into Hamburg, cross the river to you hit the "Steel something or other" trail head, ...
Started at Kernsville Dam Road. The roadbed is very compact and smooth riding. Rode to where the fence is up at the curved railroad bridge (approx. 6 miles) to this point. The scenery is great and when passing above Port Clinton you can look down at the ...