Schuylkill River Trail
By Seth Weiss
I’ve been running regularly on a couple sections of the Schuylkill River Trail since 1999, and with my running club since 2002. The segment of the trail from the Philadelphia Art Museum down to South Street has only existed since 2004 and has had the huge benefit of allowing our runners to access our meetup spot at the museum more easily.
The bulk of our running takes place on the segment of trail between the museum and Falls Bridge, about 4.25 miles to the northwest. We’re out there three times a week, some of us more often than that, all year round. In the winter this path is plowed and salted when needed. The path continues out to Wissahickon Transportation Center, where you can hook into a larger trail system that goes on for quite a while.
I’ve run in a lot of places all over the world, and this trail, right along the Schuylkill River in Philadelphia, is one of the nicest places to run. It offers many benefits for me and for everybody else in my running club. In fact, it is really a central part of my life in Philadelphia and is a big part of what keeps me happy.