The Schuylkill River Trail (SRT) is another very popular trail for bikers, joggers, walkers and horseback riders.The 25 mile paved and crushed stone trail from Mont Clare in Montgomery County to downtown Philadelphia is part of the Schuylkill River National and State Heritage Corridor. When completed, the Heritage Corridor trail will be over 100 miles long from the coal regions of Schuylkill County to the Delaware River in Philadelphia. Trailheads and numerous other entrance points can be found in Port Providence, Oaks, Norristown, Conshohocken, and Spring Mill. The trail was built on the Pennsylvania Railroad right-of-way and parallels the scenic Schuylkill River. It is recognized as a National Recreation Trail by the U.S. Department of Interior’s National Trails System.
It is open dawn to dusk and allows dogs if leashed. The SRT provides access to the Perkiomen Trail, the Cross County Trail, Wissahickon Trail, Audubon Loop Trail and the future Chester Valley Trail. The trail travels on the Manayunk Canal Walk and through the Valley Forge National Historical Park and Fairmount Park in Philadelphia.
If you are an equestrian or plan to mountain bike on the trails in Fairmount Park, it is required that you have a Trail User Permit. Trail users who do not possess a valid trail permit or to be in noncompliance of the trail rules and regulations may be subject to a $25.00 fine.
The John James Audubon Center is accessible from the Schuylkill River Trail. The farm house which was home to John James Audubon the famous naturalist and artist contains a museum displaying original prints, oil paintings, and memorabilia. Visitors can observe birds and other wildlife on more than seven miles of hiking trails.