Schuylkill Banks is the best spot to join the Schuylkill River Trail from Center City, South Philadelphia and West Philadelphia. The trail currently runs 1.2 miles along Schuylkill Banks in the heart of Philadelphia before connecting with Kelly Drive.
Bike rentals are available from the Wheel Fun Kiosk located between Lloyd Hall and Boat House Row. Kiosk hours and rental information is available here.
Looking for a new place to bike? Grays Ferry Crescent has 4,017 feet of bike trails. Access points to this new segment of Schuylkill Banks are located on the 34th Street Bridge, Grays Ferry Avenue & 36th Street, and Wharton Street & Schuylkill Avenue. Please walk all bikes on the 34th Street Bridge ramp. This section will eventually be part of the link from Center City to Bartram’s Garden.View access points here.
There are existing bike paths connecting Grays Ferry Crescent and Bartram's Garden. View the map
Schuylkill River Trail routes from Schuylkill Banks
East Falls Loop
This route is ideal for weekends when MLK Drive is closed to automobiles! From the north end of Schuylkill Banks, stay on the trail and ride under the MLK Drive and Spring Garden Street Bridges, continue on the trail past the Fairmount Water Works and Lloyd Hall. Turn left at Lloyd Hall to stay on the Schuylkill River Trail. Continue along the Kelly Drive portion of the Schuylkill River Trail approximately four miles until you reach the East Falls Bridge. Ride across the East Falls Bridge – being careful of traffic – and turn left on MLK Drive (or the MLK Drive trail). Take MLK Drive approximately four miles until it takes you back across the Schuylkill River to Schuylkill Banks. This loop is 8 miles from the Art Museum to the Art Museum. It is 10.4 miles from Locust Street to the Art Museum, up around the loop and back to Locust Street. Click on the map to the left to view a Google map of this route.
Schuylkill River Trail from Philadelphia to Valley Forge
From the north end of Schuylkill Banks, stay on the trail and ride under the MLK Drive and Spring Garden Street Bridges, continue on the trail past the Fairmount Water Works and Lloyd Hall. Turn left at Lloyd Hall to stay on the Schuylkill River Trail. Continue along the Kelly Drive portion of the Schuylkill River Trail approximately four miles until you reach the East Falls Bridge. Continue along Schuylkill Avenue past East Falls Bridge to Ridge Avenue. Veer left onto Main Street in Manayunk. When you reach Lock Street, you can either turn left to ride along the Manayunk Tow Path (gravel trail) or continue riding along Main Street until (directions for those avoiding the Tow path). At the end of the Tow Path, take Nixon Street to connect to the off-road trail. The trail continues off-road all the way to Valley Forge. Click on the map on the left to view a Google map of this route.
Getting to Schuylkill Banks on bicycle
From South Philadelphia, Rittenhouse Square, Fitler Square and adjacent neighborhoods
Take the Spruce Street bike lane to 25th Street, turn right on 25th Street and then turn left at the at-grade railroad track crossing into Schuylkill Banks. If this entrance if it is blocked by a train, walk your bike over the Schuylkill River Parks Connector Bridge just south of the at-grade crossing.
From West Philadelphia or central Center City
Take Chestnut Street Bridge, Market Street Bridge or JFK Boulevard Bridge to the east side of the Schuylkill River and then take the Ramps from Chestnut and Market Streets or the JFK stairs down to Schuylkill Banks.
From Logan Square and nearby neighborhoods
Take Cherry Street past 23rd Street until just before the CSX railroad tracks, then turn right and continue one block to Race Street. The at-grade railroad track crossing onto Schuylkill Banks will be on your left. Do not use this entrance if it is blocked by a train.
From the Art Museum area
Starting at Eakin’s Oval take Martin Luther King Jr. Drive just south of the Art Museum and use the signalized crossing to cross MLK Drive and enter Schuylkill Banks by the Plaza/Pergola. Alternately, take Kelly Drive South, continue on the trail past the Fairmount Water Works and under the Spring Garden and MLK Drive bridges to connect directly to Schuylkill Banks.
Biking on MLK Drive
Parts of Martin Luther King Jr. Drive (West River Drive) are closed to automobiles Saturdays and Sundays in April through October.
MLK Drive between the Art Museum and Sweetbriar Drive is bicycles and pedestrians only from 7am to noon and MLK Drive from Sweetbriar Drive to the East Falls Bridge is bicycles and pedestrians only from 7am to 5pm on these weekends.
You can connect to Martin Luther King Jr. Drive from the north end of Schuylkill Banks, simply turn off the trail when you reach the Schuylkill Banks Plaza and Pergola and enter MLK Drive at the signalized pedestrian crossing.