The western terminus of the 'Thun Trail' segment of the Schuylkill River Trail is across from Baer Park on River Road in Reading. From here, it's a short distance along local streets to the nearby Union Canal Trail.
Looking west on a restored segment of the canal in Longford Park. A segment of the trail that follows the old canal towpath between Longford Park and Mont Clare has recently been upgraded for multi-use. Taken Oct. 2017.
The photo was taken on Main St. in Manayunk. The Photo shows people relaxing on park benches. In the background is a little park that connects with the towpath and further back is the Manayunk Trail Bridge.
The memorial was a tribute to Brad Fox of Plymouth Township who was killed in the line of duty.Location is between Conshohocken and Norristown. As you can see,it is between the RR tracks and bikepath. Very Touching for me on this beautiful morning.
A blend of the old and new can be seen along the Manayunk Towpath section of the trail; the canal was among the first to be constructed in the US, while modern apartments can be seen on the opposite bank.
This memorial commemorates a police officer who was killed in the line of duty in nearby Plymouth Meeting back in 2013. It can be found between the trail and RR track just south of the PA Turnpike bridge.
From left to right; long-abandoned tracks left over from the old RR, the trail and the active SEPTA/Norfolk Southern line can be seen side-by-side on the southeast end of Conshohocken. Taken early Nov. 2016.
The poles that once supported catenary lines that provided power to the RR that the trail replaced (and are still used by the adjacent SEPTA/Norfolk Southern line)tower high above Conshohocken's east end.
Located just east of the Route 422 bridge at Betzwood, this old mill complex is being restored and converted to loft apartments. Its convenient location off the trail will give residents a direct, non-motorized link to center city Philadelphia.
After passing through the RR underpass, the trail turns to the right and loops up onto the bridge, paralleling the active rail line next to the sewage treatment plant between Norristown and Conshehocken.
Approaching Canal Street in Leesport, the southern terminus of the northern segment of the trail. From here, a signed route guides users through the town on streets to the southern section off Washington Street.
Situated off the southern portion of the Northern Berks County section of the Schuylkill River Trail at Washington Road, this old canal lock has been restored and turned into a small park, with benches and flower gardens.
This is as far as you can go on the Auburn section of the trail for the time being. Issues of property ownership have thus far prevented the restoration of a nearby trestle over the Schuylkill River, resulting in a major gap in the greenway system.
There are two ways to access the middle portion of the trail east of Auburn; the branch seen here passes beneath the Market St. bridge, but is too steep for wheelchairs or parents pushing baby strollers.
The other part of the Bartram and Appalachian trail junction. After a very brief concurrency (just a couple hundred feet), the Appalachian trail turns right and descends to the Port Clinton rail yard and town.
You might be surprised by the age of the train station off the trail in Port Clinton. This sign explains that while the station, which serves as the headquarters of the Reading Northern RR, looks old, it was actually built in 1992.
The trail can be accessed from the train station parking lot in Port Clinton - just use caution when walking over the RR tracks and ascending the steep steps (actually part of the Appalachian Trail) to the main greenway.
This footbridge is part of another multi-use trail that follows the Schuylkill River from Pawlings Road. The two trails parallel each other a short distance in Valley Forge National Historic Park and form a loop for use by hikers and cyclists.
A section of the trail in Valley Forge National Historic Park runs along the banks of the Schuylkill River; a multi-use trail that begins at the Pawlings Road bridge and extends east along the old canal towpath can be seen in the foreground.
There are also connections to numerous trails in Valley Forge National Park's internal network. This network will indirectly connect the trail to the Horseshoe and Brandywine hiking paths once a footbridge is built over the Schuylkill River.
Sign welcoming trail users to Valley Forge National Park; the trail skirts the northeast corner of the park. Although there are connections to the park's own trail network, most of the major sites are on the south bank of the river in Chester County.
Another view from the restored RR trestle in Oaks; the Perkiomen Trail heads north, paralleling the creek from which it was named on the right. The Route 422 bridges can be seen in the background. Taken July 2015.
Another view of the junction between the Schuylkill River and Perkiomen trails; the former comes up from the bottom of the pic, then takes a sharp left, while the latter heads straight north. Taken July 2015.
Bird's eye view of the junction between the Schuylkill River Trail, which curves from right to left, and the Perkiomen Trail, which heads north under the Route 422 bridges, as seen from the restored RR trestle in Oaks.
After crossing under the trestle, the trail takes a sharp left at the junction with the Perkiomen Trail, then ascends this slope to the Philadelphia Expo Center, then curves back to the left and crosses on the trestle. Taken July 2015.
Sign indicates that heading straight under the RR trestle leads west toward Montclair, Phoenixville and Spring City, while turning right up the incline and crossing on the trestle will take you into Philadelphia. Taken July 2015.
Junction with the Perkiomen Trail (seen in the foreground) in Oaks. The Schuylkill Trail curves to the right and ascends a gradual slope to cross the Perkiomen Creek on the restored RR trestle seen in the background.
Passing through the site of the old Phoenix Iron and Steelworks west of the Gay Street bridge. Believe it or not, these young woodlands were the site of a sprawling factory just over 30 years ago. Taken May 2015.
New condos are being built east of Main St. as part of the latest phase to revitalize this section of Phoenixville. The section of trail that runs from here to the Schuylkill River crossing is closed until construction is finished. Taken May 2015.
Looking west toward the Gay Street Bridge on the new segment of trail in Phoenixville, which begins at the old Phoenix Iron & Steelworks demonstration bridge and runs along the north bank of French Creek. Taken May 2015.
Rounding the bend at the southeast end of the new segment through Phoenixville, which begins immediately north of the old Phoenix Iron & Steelworks demonstration bridge on French Creek. Taken May 2015.
It's hard to believe that this was the site of the sprawling Phoenix Iron & Steelworks just 40 years ago. Operations ceased in 1976 and the plant was razed a decade later. Since then, nature has largely reclaimed the site, creating new open-space.
One of the colorful direction signs that Montgomery County uses for its greenway network; this one directs westbound trail users to make a right turn at the junction with the Cross County Trail in Conshohocken. Taken Sept. 2014.
The residents of these luxury condos in Conshohocken can travel southeast into Center City Philadelphia, northwest to Norristown and Phoenixville or northeast to Plymouth Meeting (via the Cross County Trail) without traveling on a single road.
It may look like a skate park, but this concrete landmark in Conshohocken is actually a mini version of the Los Angeles River; a flood control basin designed to contain overflow water from the nearby Schuylkill. Taken Sept. 2014.
Junction of the Schuylkill River and Cross County trails in Conshohocken. The Schuylkill River Trail veers to the right, while the Cross County Trail goes straight ahead, passing under a restored railroad bridge. Taken Sept. 2014.
It's an interesting twist that a 'Stop, Look and Listen' sign, which are sometimes seen on at-grade railroad crossings, is now being used to urge trail users to be careful while crossing a road north of Spring City.
Trail users should watch for the curves around the poles that support a high-tension powerline that was constructed on the right-of-way after the railroad tracks were removed but before the greenway was constructed.
Another view of the rock cuts formed when the rail line was laid along the 'big bend' between Parker Ford and Spring City in northeast Chester County. The RR may now be gone, but trail users can enjoy the scenery. Taken Sept. 2014.