A Favorite Hidden Gem, Schuylkill River Trail
We were recently asked to contribute to a national publication and answer the question, “If you had one Philadelphia Hidden Gem to recommend, what would it be? Now that’s is a tough question. An even tougher question when limited to a 3 or 4 sentence answer. After thinking about the question for a few days and despite Philadelphia having hundreds of hidden gems, here was our answer:
Our favorite Philadelphia Hidden Gem is the Schuylkill Banks trail and greenway from Fairmount Dam to South Street Bridge. This three mile, multi-use section of the 120 mile Schuylkill River Trail, runs right through the heart of Center City. Before heading down the trail we recommend a stop at the Fairmount Water Works Interpretive Center (fairmountwaterworks.org). For an incredible view of the city skyline cross the river at Walnut Street Bridge and head to the “Park in the Sky,” Cira Green (ciragreen.com). Finally, Schuylkill River Park (fsrp.org), is hidden over a connector bridge along the trail. The park includes Markward Playground, two dog parks, large lawns, a community garden, tennis courts, basketball courts and the O’Connor pool.
And for a tour of Cira Green that we did six years ago, here is a Link
Secrets of the Schuylkill Tour
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