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The Schuylkill River Trail is envisioned to begin in Philadelphia and stretch northwest from the city along the 128-mile river. As of 2015, 9.6 continuous miles of this “Phoenixville to Pottstown” segment are complete.
The southern end of the trail begins in Longford Park on the east side of the Schuylkill River. From there, it heads northwest through the village of Mont Clare, crossing the river on Bridge Street (Route 29). The trail continues through the center of Phoenixville paralleling the south side of French Creek.
After crossing French Creek, the trail meanders northward toward Cromby Trailhead at Township Line Road on the northern end of Phoenixville. From here, the trail follows the west bank of the Schuylkill River through Spring City and ends in Parker Ford.
Future plans call for it to continue north from Parker Ford to Pottstown. For more information and trail status updates, visit the Chester County Parks website under “Related Content” to the right.
Visit the other Schuylkill River Trail segments on TrailLink here: Valley Forge to Philadelphia, the Thun Trail, Schuylkill River Trail - Northern Berks County, Schuylkill Banks Boardwalk, and the Bartram Trail.
You can access the northern section of the trail at the Cromby Trailhead (intersection of Cromby Road and Township Line Road).
Parking and restrooms for the southern section can be found in Longford Park (100 Longford Road, Phoenixville).
Had a terrific ride on this trail yesterday. Early autumn weather was perfect. The parking was great, road intersections very well marked and designed. Trail surface was ideal.
We did the north half, from Cromby trailhead to the northern point in Parker Ford. I'd hoped to see more of the Schuylkill River from the trail, but it's mostly hidden. We stopped a few times so that I could climb to a spot for a photo.
This trail could use a good steam rolling. I use it often, but I have to say it's surface is very loose and sandy, like riding your bike on the beach! I have been with other riders who have wiped out when their bike wheels sunk in the sand. It's a shame really. I know this trail section would get a lot more use by riders and runners alike, if it was paved. Lets face it, as other another reviewer wrote, there is nothing much to see on this route anyways. I also was happy to see the hilly sections near Phoenixville get paved, it definitely makes for a safer ride and run. I hope the trail builders consider a different base material, or a lot less of it, when the new section is completed from Parkersford to Pottstown. For now though, it is better than nothing, and if I can get a thousand people a day to ride it, maybe two grooves could be cut for a safer smoother ride!
rode this trail 3/12/16, it was in great condition. A recent improvement was the paving of the short hill just north of Phoenixville.
Should be 5 stars, but the "new" piece already needs work. Rode it for the first time the other day. From Cromby westward, this is a fantastic trail. Nice and flat, reasonably quiet and isolated, and hardly any walkers meandering four across the entire trail. The crossing at Bridge St. in Spring City can be hairy, but they have installed a light, and the motorists were very good about stopping.
Then I came back and explored the new section from Cromby to the Low Bridge near the Foundry building. Just east of the Cromby trailhead is a pretty nasty hill that has already significantly eroded the trail. MTBs may like it, but this newbie cruiser thought it was downright dangerous. After crossing Fillmore St, there's a pretty steep downhill--not surprising, since you're essentially going from the high point in town to the low point in about a mile. However, significant erosion is already happening here too, leaving really deep ruts. These areas will need to be paved. Ironically, the remainder was very nice, flat and paved. Had they reversed the paved and stoned pieces, they'd have been fine. Still, very enjoyable and recommended--especially westward.
It's only about 2 miles long, but an important segment linking downtown Phoenixville to the Crombly Rd trailhead seems about 95% complete. I ran on it the other day, and except for some parts that will probably be paved and would have been soft for bicycles, it was completely passable. This segment replaces a very hilly and high traffic road connection.
I was visiting family in the Phoenixville area in July of 2013 and I read reviews regarding this trail. I started at the Oaks trailhead and made it to the art museum in Phila. The weekend I rode was great, a bit warm but I am from FL so no big deal. A regatta was taking place on the river as I got closer to the city. In total it was a 55 mi trip and well worth it. Many people were on the trail and I enjoyed some conversation and healthy challenges by keeping up with some bicyclist on the trail
Back in late June I did this trail from Spring City at Old Schuylkill rd to Phoenixville at Township line rd where there is a new Trail Head and a great parking lot that looks like it has a lot of shade. This is not a great section of trail but when it is done on both ends it will be a great addition to the Schuylkill River Trail. I would say that this 5 plus miles of trail are family friendly as there is only one cross road that is a little tricky and that is Bridge st Spring City. There is a lots of shade and it is a flat ride. Oh yes the trail head at Township Line road dose have a port-a-potty. I did talk to a couple of locals and was told the section of trail going towards Pottstown is another year and a half to two years away as the bridge over the Schuylkill and route 422 is now under construction. My first plan was to ride the road over to the Thun Tail but I was running a little late so I drove over and am glad I as the six mile dose not look like it is bike friendly.
Although it will be a vital link in a series of trails that will connect the Poconos to downtown Philadelphia (and the East Coast Greenway) when completed, the recently finished section of the Schuylkill River Trail between Cromby and Spring City does not offer much in the way of scenery. The trail closely parallels a high-tension power line and has little shade, and numerous utilities, including other power lines, oil and gas pipelines, the Cromby Power Station and a sewage treatment plant dominate the landscape (though it might be interesting to watch trains pull in and out of the active rail siding outside the power plant). The fact that dense vegetation obscures views of the river in most locations is another disappointment. Nonetheless, the trail has smooth asphalt and crushed stone surfaces, is wide enough to easily accomodate cyclists, hikers or horseback riders passing each other in opposing directions and adequate signage. The potential for playing a key role in revitalizing the riverfront and drawing business to towns like Spring City and Royersford also exists.
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