A group of friends visits on the banks of the Schuylkill River


Bring your picnic baskets, blankets and lawn chairs to Schuylkill Banks and enjoy scenic views of the Schuylkill River with family and friends while savoring your picnic!

Schuylkill Banks is part of the Fairmount Park system, so all Philadelphia Parks & Recreation rules must be observed. This includes, but is not limited to: no littering, no smoking, only authorized vehicles, no vending or selling on the trail without a permit and no open fires. Permitting depends on a number of different factors and is handled by Philadelphia Parks & Recreation. Learn more about hosting picnics and special events on the Parks & Recreation website.

Looking for a new place to picnic? Check out the Grays Ferry Crescent or Bartram's Mile. Grays Ferry Crescent is a great place to set up a blanket and enjoy a quiet afternoon by the river. Access points to this trail segment are located on the 34th Street Bridge, Grays Ferry Avenue and 36th Street, and Wharton Street and Schuylkill Avenue. Bartram's Mile, on the west side of the Schuylkill, also has some great picnic spots. Access points to this trail segment are located at 49th Street and Botanic Avenue, Bartram's Garden, and 56th Street and Bartram Drive. Make sure to check out the Bartram's to 61st Street trail extension when visiting the west side of the river.

Have questions about your picnic or interested in hosting an event on Schuylkill Banks? Contact SRDC by calling 215-309-3571 or emailing [email protected].