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Schuylkill River Water Trail

The 142 mile Schuylkill River Water Trail passes through mountains, farms, towns, and cities as it makes its way from Pottsville to Philadelphia. It is a River of Revolutions by contributing to the Revolutionary War, the Industrial Revolution, and later the Environmental Revolution to remove coal that choked the river. Always interesting, and visit to explore!

photo: photo by Gary A. Koutsoubis

Length: 142.00 miles
Loop Trail? No
Type: Water Trail
Agency: Nonprofit
Entry Fee? No
     Please visit the website for free downloadable maps.

Parking Fee? No

Allowed Uses:

Boating, Motorized
Boating, non-motorized: Kayaking
Boating, non-motorized: Rafting
Boating, non-motorized: Sailing
Wildlife Observation

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Location: Southeastern Pennsylvania from Pottsville downstream to Philadelphia.
State(s): Pennsylvania
Counties: Schuylkill, Berks, Chester, Montgomery, and Phila.
Longitude: -75.18101
Latitude: 39.9519

Driving Directions

Numerous River landings and launches are available in the five county area. They are easily accessed from PA 61, US 422, and I-76, the Schuylkill Expressway. Visit the website below for more specific maps and information.


Runs the 142 mile length of the Schuylkill River to the confluence of the Schuylkill with the main stem of the Delaware River in the City of Philadelphia. Along the water trail, there are several places where landings for the Water Trail overlap with trailheads for the Schuylkill River Trail, the 135-mile regional land trail. The Schuylkill River Water Trail Guide was printed and available to the public in May 2002. The annual Schuylkill River Sojourn utilizes the Schuylkill River Water Trail for an exciting 7-day paddle from Schuylkill Haven to Philadelphia. And now communities all along the river are beginning to recognize the Schuylkill River Water Trail as both a recreational asset and opportunity.

Additional Details

Primary Surface: Puncheon
Secondary Surface: Water, moving

Elevation Low Point: 25
Elevation High Point: 800
Elevation Gain (cumulative): Not Available

Year Designated:

Supporting Webpages and Documents

Website: Schuylkill River

Contact Information

For more information and current conditions, contact the trail manager (listed below). For questions, suggestions, and corrections to information listed on the website, contact American Trails.

Trail management:
Schuylkill River Greenway Association
140 College Dr.
Pottstown, PA 19464
(484) 945-0200
[email protected]



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