Pennsylvania Fishing Trails and Maps

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Allegheny National Forest - Brush Hollow XC Ski Trail

7.7 mi
State: PA
Ballast, Dirt, Grass, Gravel

Allegheny National Forest - Deerlick XC Ski Trail

9 mi
State: PA
Ballast, Dirt, Grass, Gravel

Allegheny River Trail

30 mi
State: PA

Armstrong Trails

35.5 mi
State: PA
Asphalt, Crushed Stone

Bear Hole Trail

5.5 mi
State: PA
Crushed Stone

Blairsville Riverfront Trail

1.7 mi
State: PA

Blue Marsh Lake Multi-Use Trail

28.6 mi
State: PA
Asphalt, Dirt, Grass, Gravel

Browns Run Trail

1.9 mi
State: PA
Crushed Stone

Capital Area Greenbelt

21.2 mi
State: PA
Asphalt, Cinder, Concrete, Crushed Stone

Chester Creek Trail

2.8 mi
State: PA

Chester Riverfront Trail

1.35 mi
State: PA

Clarion-Little Toby Trail

18 mi
State: PA
Crushed Stone

Conestoga Greenway Trail

1 mi
State: PA

Conewago Recreation Trail

5 mi
State: PA
Crushed Stone

Cowanshannock Trail

1.27 mi
State: PA
Crushed Stone

Cumberland County Biker/Hiker Trail

2.2 mi
State: PA
Asphalt, Cinder, Crushed Stone

D&L Trail

142.2 mi
State: PA
Asphalt, Ballast, Crushed Stone, Dirt, Gravel

Frick's Trail

1.5 mi
State: PA
Asphalt, Crushed Stone

Great Allegheny Passage

150 mi
State: MD, PA
Asphalt, Concrete, Crushed Stone, Dirt, Gravel

Great American Rail-Trail

3743.9 mi
State: DC, IA, ID, IL, IN, MD, MT, NE, OH, PA, WA, WV, WY
Asphalt, Concrete, Crushed Stone

Great Shamokin Path

3.5 mi
State: PA
Dirt, Grass, Gravel

Greene River Trail

7 mi
State: PA
Crushed Stone

Heritage Rail Trail County Park

27.4 mi
State: PA
Asphalt, Crushed Stone

Huntingdon and Broad Top Rail Trail

12.6 mi
State: PA
Crushed Stone

Iron Horse Trail (PA)

10 mi
State: PA
Ballast, Crushed Stone, Dirt

J. Manley Robbins Trail

2.6 mi
State: PA
Grass, Gravel

John Heinz Refuge Trail

7.7 mi
State: PA
Crushed Stone, Gravel

Joseph M. McDade Recreational Trail

31.3 mi
State: PA
Crushed Stone

K&T Trail

1.1 mi
State: PA

Karl Stirner Arts Trail

2.4 mi
State: PA

Lake Galena Hike & Bike Trail

6 mi
State: PA

LeTort Spring Run Nature Trail

2 mi
State: PA
Cinder, Dirt, Grass

Lebanon Valley Rail-Trail

18 mi
State: PA
Crushed Stone

Luzerne County Levee Trail

12.8 mi
State: PA

Mahoning Shadow Trail

15 mi
State: PA
Asphalt, Crushed Stone

Marilla Bridges Trail

1 mi
State: PA
Crushed Stone

Mill Creek Trail (PA)

0.9 mi
State: PA

Monocacy Way

2.5 mi
State: PA
Crushed Stone, Dirt, Grass, Gravel

Montour Trail

61.5 mi
State: PA
Asphalt, Crushed Stone

Northwest Lancaster County River Trail

14.1 mi
State: PA
Asphalt, Crushed Stone, Dirt

Oil City Trail

3 mi
State: PA
Asphalt, Boardwalk, Concrete

Path of the Flood Trail/Staple Bend Tunnel Trail

11.8 mi
State: PA
Asphalt, Ballast, Crushed Stone

Penns Creek Path (Mid State Trail)

2.7 mi
State: PA
Crushed Stone

Pennypack Trail

16 mi
State: PA
Asphalt, Cinder

Pine Creek Rail Trail

62 mi
State: PA
Crushed Stone

Railroad Grade Trail (Ives Run )

2.6 mi
State: PA
Ballast, Cinder

Roaring Creek Watershed

8 mi
State: PA
Dirt, Gravel

Roaring Run Trail

4.8 mi
State: PA
Crushed Stone

Royersford Riverfront Trail

0.6 mi
State: PA

Schuylkill River Trail

71.7 mi
State: PA
Asphalt, Boardwalk, Concrete, Crushed Stone, Dirt, Gravel

Shawmut Trail

0.6 mi
State: PA
Crushed Stone

Shenango Trail

7.5 mi
State: PA

Slate Heritage Trail

3.3 mi
State: PA

Snow Shoe Rail Trail

18.5 mi
State: PA
Ballast, Gravel

Stony Valley Railroad Grade

19.7 mi
State: PA
Dirt, Gravel

Sullivan's Bridge Trail

1 mi
State: PA
Asphalt, Concrete

Switchback Railroad Trail

18 mi
State: PA
Ballast, Dirt, Gravel

Tatamy Trail

6.6 mi
State: PA

The Lions' Trail

0.4 mi
State: PA

Tyler State Park Trails

10.8 mi
State: PA
Asphalt, Gravel

Union Canal Trail

6.5 mi
State: PA
Crushed Stone, Gravel

Walnut Bank Farm Trail

1.5 mi
State: PA
Asphalt, Concrete
Trail Image Trail Name States Length Surface Rating
This trail is not groomed. Three stacked loops offer a variety of hiking and skiing opportunities at a range of difficulty levels. The trail starts out on a railroad grade along Big Mill Creek. This...
PA 7.7 mi Ballast, Dirt, Grass, Gravel
This trail is not groomed. The trail is a combination of logging roads, railroad grades and pipelines that offer challenges to a wide range of skill levels. Trail is marked with blue diamonds.
PA 9 mi Ballast, Dirt, Grass, Gravel
This trail is not groomed. The three loops are suitable for beginners. The trail is marked with blue diamonds. Check out the short 1.2 mile Hearts Content Interpretive Trail which offers a scenic hike...
PA 8.3 mi Dirt, Grass, Gravel
The route is primitive and unimproved. The trail crosses several streams that are not bridged. The trail follows the scenic Tionesta Creek with lots of great scenery and fishing.
PA 12 mi Dirt, Grass
This trail passes through a variety of pleasing landscapes. The area near Crane Run is especially scenic. The trail is marked with white diamonds. The skill level of this trail is rated more...
PA 16.6 mi Dirt, Grass
Keep your eyes open for wildlife when you visit the Allegheny River Trail. This segment of the Allegheny River—once a canoe route for local tribes and French trappers—was designated a national wild...
PA 30 mi Asphalt
Armstrong Trails connects riverfront towns along the eastern bank of the Allegheny River, as it winds through the lush Allegheny Plateau. The flat trail, currently 35.5 miles follows the river...
PA 35.5 mi Asphalt, Crushed Stone
Swatara Creek runs through the vast woodlands of Swatara State Park in eastern Pennsylvania. Bear Hole Trail traces the eastern side of the waterway, while the Swatara Rail-Trail runs along the other...
PA 5.5 mi Crushed Stone
The Blairsville Riverfront Trail is a scenic woodland trail located along the Conemaugh River. The property the trail was built on is owned by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, who maintain a...
PA 1.7 mi Asphalt
The Blue Marsh Lake Multi-Use Trail loops around a manmade reservoir just outside of Reading in southeastern Pennsylvania. The trail has a mixture of surfaces (hard-packed dirt, grass, gravel and...
PA 28.6 mi Asphalt, Dirt, Grass, Gravel
Nearly two miles of the proposed 12-mile Browns Run Trail is currently open near Masontown in German Township, Fayette County. The trail follows the former Monongahela and B&O lines from Lardin House,...
PA 1.9 mi Crushed Stone
Every year, tens of thousands of people take to the Capital Area Greenbelt looping around Harrisburg to play, exercise, and commute. The greenway completely encircles Pennsylvania’s capital city as it...
PA 21.2 mi Asphalt, Cinder, Concrete, Crushed Stone
The nearly 3-mile long Chester Creek Trail is finally a reality after nearly two decades of planning.  Phase 1 of the multi-use trail was opened to the public in late 2016. It follows the path of the...
PA 2.8 mi Asphalt
The 1.35 mile-long Chester Riverfront Trail is a great way to experience the Delaware River. Part of an urban renewal project that also includes the adjacent Barry Bridge Park, Subaru Park Stadium and...
PA 1.35 mi Asphalt
The Clarion-Little Toby Trail lets you venture on the wild side for 18 miles as it traverses remote state hunting grounds adjoining the Allegheny National Forest. You’ll likely see deer and other...
PA 18 mi Crushed Stone
This trail is not offically part of the Lancaster County Park system. It runs next to the Conestoga River at Sunnyside. The one end of the trail is at Lancaster County Central Park. Although there is...
PA 1 mi Asphalt
Farms and pastures surround the Conewago Recreation Trail, but it was the discovery and mining of iron ore that led to the development of the railroad that eventually resulted in this trail. The path...
PA 5 mi Crushed Stone
The short but scenic Cowanshannock Trail is a great pathway for hikers, walkers, and bikers to use to link to the larger Armstrong Trail. The Cowanshannock is 1.27 miles long, and plans are to extend...
PA 1.27 mi Crushed Stone
This gently winding trail in Pine Grove Furnace State Park passes along the shores of two lakes and through the woodlands of Michaux State Forest. Pine Grove Furnace began operating in 1764 to take...
PA 2.2 mi Asphalt, Cinder, Crushed Stone
Note: This developing route is not yet fully contiguous; please refer to the interactive maps on the websites in the Related Content section.  The D&L Trail runs for more than 140 miles through...
PA 142.2 mi Asphalt, Ballast, Crushed Stone, Dirt, Gravel
Not to be confused with the well-known Frick Park across the state in Pittsburgh, the 1.5-mile Frick's Trail is among the newest link in a system of multi-use trails being developed in the suburbs...
PA 1.5 mi Asphalt, Crushed Stone
Ever since the Great Allegheny Passage (GAP) was completed in 2013, overnight bicycle riders and backpackers have flocked to the 150-mile rail-trail that travels through Western Pennsylvania and...
MD, PA 150 mi Asphalt, Concrete, Crushed Stone, Dirt, Gravel
Note: This developing route is not yet fully contiguous – it is just over 50% complete. Please refer to the Trail Map for more information on the existing sections of trail, as well as the online...
DC, IA, ID, IL, IN, MD, MT, NE, OH, PA, WA, WV, WY 3743.9 mi Asphalt, Concrete, Crushed Stone
Tracing a section of the abandoned Rural Valley Railroad corridor the Great Shamokin Path parallels the Cowanshannock Creek for 3.5 miles. The eastern part of the trail, which is surfaced primarily...
PA 3.5 mi Dirt, Grass, Gravel
The Greene River Trail provides an up close tour of riverside communities whose histories are steeped in the coal industry. You can see remnants of coal mining along the trail, as well as chipmunks,...
PA 7 mi Crushed Stone
Heritage Rail Trail County Park (HRT), along with the connecting Torrey C. Brown Rail Trail that continues south through Maryland, are in Rails-to-Trails Conservancy’s Hall of Fame. Both trails follow...
PA 27.4 mi Asphalt, Crushed Stone
Stretching 12.6 miles through south-central Pennsylvania, this rail-trail follows the route of the former Huntingdon and Broad Top Mountain Railroad, a standard--gauge railroad founded in 1852 to...
PA 12.6 mi Crushed Stone
The Iron Horse Trail follows two abandoned rail beds: the Path Valley Railroad and the Perry Lumber Company Railroad. Originally, the Path Valley Railroad was going to be an extension for the Newport...
PA 10 mi Ballast, Crushed Stone, Dirt
Although the J. Manley Robbins Trail spans only 2.6 miles, its rich history and natural beauty make a stop in the rural Pennsylvania borough of Danville worthwhile. The rustic trail—forming a loop of...
PA 2.6 mi Grass, Gravel
The 11.7-mile John C. Oliver Multi-Purpose Loop Trail is a centerpiece of Maurice K. Goddard State Park, which spans 2,856 acres in northwestern Pennsylvania. The mostly shaded, paved, off-road trail...
PA 11.7 mi Asphalt
The John Heinz Refuge Trail and various footpaths at John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge at Tinicum stand in stark contrast to the urban setting that surrounds this refuge. At different points on this...
PA 7.7 mi Crushed Stone, Gravel
The Joseph M. McDade Recreational Trail runs nearly the length of the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area on the Pennsylvania side of the Delaware River across from New Jersey. The protected...
PA 31.3 mi Crushed Stone
The K&T Trail, also known as the Kensington & Tacony Trail for the former railroad line on which is runs, spans a mile along the Delaware River in Philadelphia. Beginning at the Frankford Arsenal Boat...
PA 1.1 mi Asphalt
The 13.4-mile Karl Boyes Multi-Purpose National Recreation Trail loops around the picturesque Presque Isle State Park, a peninsula in Lake Erie. Considered Pennsylvania’s only seashore, the 3,200-acre...
PA 13.4 mi Asphalt
The trail winds along the Bushkill Creek connects the old Simon Silk Mill on 13th Street to Third Street at the base of the stone stairs leading up to Lafayette College. The trail is paved and though...
PA 2.4 mi Asphalt
The  Lake Galena Park Hike & Bike Trail (alternatively the Peace Valley Park Hike & Bike Trail) offers 6 miles of blacktop along the shores of Lake Galena, just north of Doylestown in eastern...
PA 6 mi Asphalt
The short, tranquil LeTort Spring Run Nature Trail follows its namesake creek closely, LeTort Spring Run, through a mix of deciduous trees and lowland marshes bristling with tall grasses and cattails....
PA 2 mi Cinder, Dirt, Grass
While the Lebanon Valley might be best known for its chocolate and distinctive bologna, iron ore is what put the region on the map in the 1700s. The 18-mile Lebanon Valley Rail-Trail—and the...
PA 18 mi Crushed Stone
The history of Pennsylvania’s Wyoming Valley is tied to the mighty Susquehanna River. From American Indian cultures and early European settlers to the cities that line the river’s shores today, people...
PA 12.8 mi Asphalt
If Punxsutawney Phil sees his shadow on Groundhog Day, Mahoning Shadow Trail users expect six more weeks of winter before spring arrives. The 15-mile Central Pennsylvania trail passes through the...
PA 15 mi Asphalt, Crushed Stone
The Marilla Bridges Trail provides a 1-mile loop around Marilla Reservoir in Bradford, not far from the Pennsylvania/New York border. The fine-crushed limestone trail offers a scenic trek through the...
PA 1 mi Crushed Stone
Just short of a mile in length, the Mill Creek Trail follows the south bank of the stream for which it is named in the suburbs east of Lancaster. Paved with a surface of compact woodchips, the...
PA 0.9 mi Woodchips
The pleasant Monocacy Way takes walkers and cyclists on an adventure through the fascinating history of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. The trail kicks off at Monocacy Creek Park, where you can see the a...
PA 2.5 mi Crushed Stone, Dirt, Grass, Gravel
The 61.5-mile Montour Trail follows most of the former Montour Railroad’s main line west and south of Pittsburgh. This little short line was incorporated during the late 19th century and, despite its...
PA 61.5 mi Asphalt, Crushed Stone
The Northwest Lancaster County River Trail follows the route of the historic Pennsylvania Main Line Canal, tracing the Susquehanna River northwest from Columbia to Falmouth. The entire trail is paved....
PA 14.1 mi Asphalt, Crushed Stone, Dirt
The Oil City Trail connects the Samuel Justus Recreation Trail and the McClintock Trail through the center of Oil City, Pennsylvania.  The 2-mile walking and biking pathway runs along the Allegheny...
PA 3 mi Asphalt, Boardwalk, Concrete
The Palmer Township Recreation Trail (a.k.a. the Towpath Bike Trail) is a terrific community asset for Palmer and Bethlehem township residents and a great destination for visitors as well. Three modes...
PA 7.8 mi Asphalt
The Path of the Flood Trail might be unique among rail-trails for being named after a tragedy, the Johnstown Flood of 1889, considered the nation’s worst catastrophe of the 19th century. Some 2,200...
PA 11.8 mi Asphalt, Ballast, Crushed Stone
A renovated former railroad tunnel that features a separate entrance for bats is a highlight of the Penns Creek Path. The path is a relatively flat segment of the 328-mile Mid State Trail that runs...
PA 2.7 mi Crushed Stone
The Pennypack Trail travels through wooded parks in Philadelphia and Montgomery Counties along Pennypack Creek, which derives its name from a local American Indian term for a slow-moving creek....
PA 16 mi Asphalt, Cinder
The Pine Creek Rail Trail is one of Pennsylvania’s destination trails, and for good reason. The 62-mile well--maintained trail runs at the bottom of überscenic Pine Creek Gorge, commonly called the...
PA 62 mi Crushed Stone
This paved, multi-use trail begins at the intersection of Constitution Ave. and Spruce Street, across from the entrance to Lenape Park. The trail extends east along Spruce Street, briefly winding into...
PA 0.7 mi Asphalt
North of Mansfield lies the Railroad Grade Trail, know to locals as Ives Run. The 2.5-mile trail begins on the north end at the Ives Run Recreation area, near the boat launch parking lot. Travelers on...
PA 2.6 mi Ballast, Cinder
This lovely, relatively flat dirt path runs through the Roaring Creek Tract of the Weiser State Forest. Here, the south tributary of Roaring Creek cuts through the forest, pooling into three large...
PA 8 mi Dirt, Gravel
Evidence of the Roaring Run Trail’s past lives are readily visible all along the 4.8-mile corridor in western Pennsylvania. Stone remains in the Kiskiminetas River (Kiski for short) mark the site of a...
PA 4.8 mi Crushed Stone
Although currently about a half mile in length, the Royersford Riverfront Trail is a lush, shaded linear park situated between 1st Ave. and the Schuylkill River. Highlights on the paved trail include...
PA 0.6 mi Asphalt
At one time an important thoroughfare for commerce carried by canal barges and railroad cars in southeastern Pennsylvania, the Schuylkill River corridor now accommodates walkers, bicyclists, and...
PA 71.7 mi Asphalt, Boardwalk, Concrete, Crushed Stone, Dirt, Gravel
The Shawmut Trail begins in the southwest corner of the small, charming community of Smethport and continues southwest out of town along Marvin Creek. Along the way, views are a mix of woodlands,...
PA 0.6 mi Crushed Stone
The Shenango River Trail once served as a towpath along the Erie Canal Extension. During the mid-1800s, mules pulled boats along the canal, linking goods from the Great Lakes to Pittsburgh and beyond....
PA 7.5 mi Dirt
The Slate Heritage Trail is built on the former Lehigh Valley Railroad, which opened in 1874 and transported slate products from quarries in northern Lehigh County to Slatington to connect with the...
PA 3.3 mi Asphalt
Coordinated by the Snow Shoe Rails to Trails Association (SSRTA), the Snow Shoe Trail caters primarily to ATV and off-road motorcycle enthusiasts. It is open to other users as well, but the rough...
PA 18.5 mi Ballast, Gravel
Note: During hunting season, Pennsylvania Game Lands Regulations require ALL non-hunters present on game lands between November 15 and December 15 (excluding Sundays) to wear a minimum of 250 square...
PA 19.7 mi Dirt, Gravel
Completed in the summer of 2016, Sullivan's Bridge and the adjacent trail provide access from the Schuylkill River Trail, Betzwood Park and the section of Valley Forge National Historic Park north of...
PA 1 mi Asphalt, Concrete
When it began operating, the Switchback Railroad was the second railroad in America and the first in Pennsylvania. Built to haul coal from the Summit Mine to the Lehigh Canal, the railroad evolved...
PA 18 mi Ballast, Dirt, Gravel
Tatamy Trail begins in West Easton and heads north to Tatamy Borough, primarily along a former railroad corridor. On its southern end, it meets the Palmer Township Recreation Trail, which connects the...
PA 6.6 mi Asphalt
Picking up directly across Norwood Road from the Struble trail's south end point, The Lions' trail offers a half mile of paved trail winding through scenic Kardon Park with 10 acres of ponds and over...
PA 0.4 mi Asphalt
Tyler State Park, located in Newtown, Pennsylvania, covers over 1,700 acres on the grounds of an old farm in a charming woodland setting. The park features a network of interconnected trails,...
PA 10.8 mi Asphalt, Gravel
The Union Canal Trail runs along the Tulpehocken Creek from the city of Reading up to Blue Marsh Lake in Leesport. The trail makes up a segment of the 71.7-mile Schuylkill River Trail in southeastern...
PA 6.5 mi Crushed Stone, Gravel
Named for a development just outside Quakertown, the 1.5-mile Walnut Bank Farm Trail links the borough with nearby Veterans Park and will form a link in the greenway that will eventually link...
PA 1.5 mi Asphalt, Concrete

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Recent Trail Reviews

John C. Oliver Multi-Purpose Loop Trail

Very nice trail

August, 2022 by tltruax

For a lake trail this one has a few good ups and downs.
Very lovely trail, many beautiful vistas along this route.

Ghost Town Trail

Started in Vinton and biked to Ebensburg. The right time of year to spot Tiger Swallowtails, Monarchs and the great Spangled Frittary.

August, 2022 by dculvyho

Started in Vinton and biked to Ebensburg. The right time of year to spot Tiger Swallowtails, Monarchs and the great Spangled Frittary.

Struble Trail

Great Trail.

August, 2022 by kpg1955

Shaded, paved, and very flat, this trail meanders around the East Branch Brandywine Creek. Not too busy except on weekends.


Allegheny River Trail

We did 20 miles out and back starting at Emleton. Very shady and pretty views of the Alleghney river. The trail is paved and there are bumps in the asphalt. We spotted 1 eagle and 5 deer.

August, 2022 by dculvyho

We did 20 miles out and back starting at Emleton. Very shady and pretty views of the Alleghney river. The trail is paved and there are bumps in the asphalt. We spotted 1 eagle and 5 deer.

Schuylkill River West Trail

connection complete

August, 2022 by maiwit

The connection of this short trail to the Valley Forge extension to the full Schuylkill Trail system is now complete! Just yet one more extension off the Schuylkill system as of Aug 13 2022

Hoodlebug Trail


August, 2022 by cledney

Positive is that the trail is paved which makes the riding easy. Downside is that for the most part it parallels a four lane highway, so the scenery consists of trucks and cars flying by at 60 mph. Not really to my liking.

Upper Bucks Rail Trail

nice trail

August, 2022 by eam208

Nice trail, mostly shaded, which is nice. The south end trail starts at the veteran park which is really nice. There aren’t a lot of benches along the trail, except in veterans park. The north end starts at living memorial park which has shaded parking.

Enola Low Grade Trail

not worthy of a trail

August, 2022 by chris.snyder3

Going east past Quarryville is interesting to say the least. Nothing has been done to make it a trail. Weeds are knee high and the path is literally a bike tire wide. Gates are up to keep cars off the trail. You would need to hoist your bike over the gate to proceed. I tried to get to atglan to go to victory brewery but it can’t be done. Bart township hasn’t done a thing for years to live up to their responsibility to keep the trail rideable

Ironton Rail-Trail

Fantastic, easy, scenic bike ride

August, 2022 by cat1966

Went on a very sunny, hot (upper 90s) day. Trail is completely paved. Lots of shaded areas. Great historical scenery and info. The only area that sort of freaked me out was riding past the rod and gun club. In certain areas, I could see gaps in the barriers. Yikes! But otherwise, very fun, easy ride!

John C. Oliver Multi-Purpose Loop Trail

Up and down!

August, 2022 by lkausner

I’m from Buffalo and not used to hills, but once I got used to it, it was a fun trail. Very beautiful and peaceful. Sat by the lake at launch 3 for a while after my ride.

D&L Trail

Best Section Of D&L Trail So Far

August, 2022 by wlambert1

Yesterday I rode the section of trail from the trail head at the west end of the 21st street bridge in Northampton to the Gap above Slatington. The round trip was a little under 24 miles. The terrain to the gap is mostly up hill with a gain of 475 feet. Most of the trail is in deep shade which made the heat tolerable. The entire atmosphere is really great. This section of the D&L trail is in very good condition. The fine stone base is well compacted yielding a nice hard surface. It may have rained recently because there was almost no dust. There is a nice little park area in Slatington with rest rooms and a food trailer only a short distance from the trail. I didn't stop this time, but plan to stop for food on my next ride. I only have one complaint about this section of trail. There are a couple of gates where the trail crosses country roads. The gates are closed and have poles on both sides to block motorized vehicles. The polls are too close together and pose a hazard to people on bicycles. Other than that, this and the Lehigh Gorge section are my favorite sections of the D&L trail.

K&T Trail

Full Circle

August, 2022 by

No, the K&T Trail is not a loop. The title of my review instead refers to the impact that this mile-long trail, which is built along a segment of the now defunct Kensington & Tacony RR, on a section of the Delaware Riverfront in the NE Philly neighborhoods of Wissinoming and Tacony.
Our story begins in the city's early years in the late 17th century. At this time, the banks of the Delaware River were lined with forests and wetlands teeming with wildlife, where Native Americans and early colonists hunted and fished. As the city grew in the 18th and early 19th centuries, the local gentry were drawn to the area's serenity and beauty, building several estates and vacation homes.
Later in the 19th century, numerous industries began popping up along the river, using it as a power source and as a transit route for materials and goods. Mills and factories, as well as the Frankford Arsenal military depot, replaced the earlier mansions and explosive growth occurred as people, many of them immigrants, arrived seeking employment. It was during this period that the Kensington & Tacony RR, part of a network of rail lines that crisscrossed Philadelphia known as the Connecting Railway, was constructed to serve the riverfront.
The area served as an industrial and shipping hub for most of the 20th century. The Frankford Arsenal closed in 1977 and most other industry left over the next decade, sending the area into decline. The K&T RR was abandoned in the 80's, though its rails remained intact, slowly decaying along with abandoned factories and surrounding brownfields.
The dawn of the 21st century saw the riverfront's fortunes turn around as new recreation facilities, including Lardiner's Point Park and the Frankford Boat Launch, were developed. Old ruins were cleared away, allowing new forests to grow and wetlands to be reestablished. In the late 2010's, the old railroad tracks were finally pulled up and replaced by a ribbon of asphalt multi-use trail connecting the two parks and extending a little ways north, to Magee Ave.
Starting at its northern terminus, the trail directly follows the bank of the river, passing beneath the Tacony-Palmyra Bridge. The northernmost of the five bridges that link the city with NJ, the Tacony-Palmyra Bridge is a graceful, concrete structure that serves as a main traffic artery as well as a walkway for pedestrians and cyclists. Like the K&T Trail, this walkway is also part of The Circuit network and can be reached by following the access road to Lardiner's Point Park north to Milnor Street, then turning right onto the bridge. The park itself includes a small plaza as well as a fishing pier where visitors are treated to spectacular views of the bridge and river. Trail users also have the option of taking a gravel path that winds though young, new forests growing along the river bank before rejoining the main trail in the park's undeveloped, southern end.
From Lardiner's Point, the trail continues south through reclaimed meadows and wetlands, passing the Wissinoming Yacht Club. After crossing a creek, it continues south, threading a line between the river and the remaining abandoned buildings of old mills and the Frankford Arsenal, whose site is currently being redeveloped into an office and light industrial park, before ending at the Frankford Boat Launch. The old RR catenaries, which run high above the trail and are still in use as powerlines, as well as the remains of a few old boat terminals, still serve as testimony to the area's bustling past. Otherwise, the quiet and serenity of the trail demonstrate how this segment of riverfront has come full circle, reverting to its original status as a natural area.
Although the trail has several amenities, including benches in Lardiner's Point Park and the Frankford Boat Launch, restrooms in Lardiner's Point Park, ample parking at both parks and interpretive signage with detailed information on local wildlife as well as historical sites from each of the past eras, there was some litter. The trash was especially bad on the middle section of the trail near Comly Street, keeping me from giving it five stars.
Plans call for the K&T Trail to be extended north to the newly opened Baxter Trail and south to the Port Richmond Trail in the near future. All of these segments of multi-use trail being built along the Delaware River will eventually be joined to form the Delaware River Greenway, which, in addition to comprising part of the Circuit network, will also form part of the East Coast Greenway, a long distance trail that follows the Eastern Seaboard of the US from Maine to Key West, FL.

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