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“A River Runs through It” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Schuylkill River Trail Walk

Schuylkill River Trail Walk
Elizabethtown, PA
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20 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
“A River Runs through It”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 22, 2012

Like many older cities in the U.S., Philadelphia is situated along a river, actually two, the other being the Delaware River. Of the two, the Schuylkill retains more of its natural beauty, because city fathers long ago turned acreage along the river into a park in order to maintain the city's water shed. Here you will find the river trail, which is about 8 or 9 miles in length and a favorite among bicyclists, joggers, and walkers. The section upstream from the Philadelphia Museum of Art is particularly scenic due to the presence of jaunty, turn-of the-century boat houses and the pencil thin sculls stored in boat racks. If you're lucky, you will see sculling teams from local universities such as University of Pennsylvania and Drexel rowing on the river. The walk also features sculptures here and there. The Spirit of Enterprise by Jacques Lipchitz is a locally famous depiction of a man riding an eagle. Lipchitz was a cubist sculptor, and this piece is a little weird. Also in the area just upriver from the museum is the old Philadelphia Waterworks. There is a free, informative exhibit here explaining the public water and sewer system and the buildings, which were major tourist attractions in the late nineteenth century ( 2nd only to Niagara Falls ) when providing water and sanitary waste removal were new and innovative services. Something else that is free in this area is parking ( just off Kelly Drive ), an extremely rare thing so close to center city.

Visited September 2012
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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15 reviews
5 attraction reviews
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“An oasis through Philly”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 25, 2012

Along the Schuylkill River that runs through Philadelphia, the city has made a great trail for biking, walking and jogging. The trail runs for over 130miles from center city towards Valley Forge and far beyond that. Behind the Museum of Art in Philly you find the old Fairmont Waterworks which is now a museum. Nice buildings, beautiful parks, public restroom (Lloyd Hall past the Waterworks) and along the trail there is well kept grass lawns and trees. Take your baby for a walk in the stroller, take your dog for the morning walk or go hand in hand along the river. Just the best place to relax in Philly, my favourite in my 6 month period of living here!

Visited May 2012
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Burlington, Connecticut
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84 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 28, 2012

While in Philadelphia, my friend & I walked over to the Schuylkill River. We took a Sunday morning walk along the trail and it was beautiful. Weather was in the mid 40's and it was nice and sunny -- perfect morning for a walk and a great location! It was nice to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city for a little while. Definitely recommend!

Visited February 2012
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