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The historical Ben Franklin Bridge, opened in 1926, offers expansive city skyline views and is itself a stunning structure. The iconic suspension bridge once included two streetcar tracks in addition to vehicle lanes and spans 7,456 feet across the Delaware River.
Pedestrians and bicyclists can use the bridge to travel safely between Philadelphia and Camden on a walkway separated from traffic (the bridge carries I-676/U.S. Route 30). The walkway is open between 6 a.m. and 8 p.m. daily from October through April, and until 9 p.m. the rest of the year.
On the river's west bank, the trail drops you off just steps from Franklin Square in downtown Philly.
On the east bank, you can pick up the Ulysses Wiggins Waterfront Park Promenade to travel a mile along the river. Both trails are part of the Circuit Trails, a developing regional system of interconnected trails totaling 800 miles.
If you're taking public transportation, the west end of the trail is just 3 blocks from two SEPTA rail stations: the Chinatown Station (located at 8th and Race Streets) on the Broad Street Line and the 5th Street Station (located at 5th and Market Streets) on the Market-Frankford Line.
On the east end of the trail, the trail is 3 blocks from the Cooper Street/Rutgers Station (near Cooper and N. 2nd Streets) on the River Line light rail system that connects Camden and Trenton.
Can’t beat this view, especially for sunrise or sunset. Nice little breeze up there as well. Race Street Pier only half a mile away from the base of the Philly side entrance/exit. Also not too far from the Rocky Steps either if you want to make a run for it through Center City.
I rode the walk way back in the early 1970`s On the way to the jersey shore. I was real excited and it did not let me down. The view of Philadelphia and surrounding area was just magnificent. Being on the bridge itself is just a step back in time. The bridge is about 100 yrs. old. Even now when I drive over it I am still in awe of the architecture. I took some pictures but they are old Polariods. They don`t meet the requirments.
Enclosing, it is a must to do biking or walking. There is a lot of history nearby such as the Battle Ship New Jersey and Aquarium on the Camden side. The Constitution Center and the Independence Hall on the Philadelphia side, all within walking distance from the bridge.
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