Delaware River Trail

Pennsylvania

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Delaware River Trail Facts

States: Pennsylvania
Counties: Philadelphia
Length: 2.1 miles
Trail end points: Pier 70 Blvd. and Ellen St. and Sugarhouse Dr.
Trail surfaces: Asphalt, Brick
Trail category: Greenway/Non-RT
ID: 9749711
Trail activities: Bike, Inline Skating, Wheelchair Accessible, Walking

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Delaware River Trail Description

The Delaware River Trail hugs the Philadelphia waterfront proving access to parks and recreational amenities. It's part of a larger effort called The Circuit, which will link 750 miles of trail throughout Greater Philadelphia.

The trail is currently open in two disconnected sections with the larger of the two beginning south of the Ben Franklin Bridge near the Penn's Landing Dog Park. From there, the paved pathway continues south towards the Pier 70 shopping center, loosely paralleling Christopher Columbus Boulevard. Many of the piers along the way have restaurants and other fun attractions.

A highlight is the Spruce Street Harbor Park in Penn's Landing, which has a lively atmosphere and entertainment options in the summer. The Independence Seaport Museum is also accessible from the trail and offers interactive exhibits about American shipbuilding and the development of the U.S. navy.

A short section of the trail begins north of the Ben Franklin Bridge near the intersection of Spring Garden Street and Delaware Avenue. From there it heads north up to Ellen Street and Sugarhouse Drive.

Parking and Trail Access

Parking is available across from Pier 68 at the southern end of the trail, as well as at Penn's Landing at the end of Market Street.

To take public transportation to the Delaware River Trail:

  • Ride the SEPTA's Market-Frankford Line to the 2nd Street Station. From the station, walk about three blocks east along Market Street toward the waterfront to reach the larger section of the trail.

  • To reach the short, northern section of the trail, you can get off at SEPTA's Spring Garden Station (600 N. Front Street), which is on the Market-Frankford Line, and walk about 3 blocks east to the trail.

Delaware River Trail Reviews

If you like ships, this trail offers a fantastic opportunity to view them up close and learn about shipbuilding and the development of the U.S. navy at the Independence Seaport Museum, which sits trailside.

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