The highlight of the route is traveling through downtown Philadelphia, best known for its rich history, monuments of liberty, and, of course, the Philly cheesesteak.
The highlight of the Greenway's route through Pennsylvania is traveling along the Schuylkill Banks into downtown Philadelphia, best known for its rich history, monuments of liberty, and, of course, the Philly cheesesteak.
The Greenway enters Morrisville, Pennsylvania, from Trenton, New Jersey, over the Calhoun Street Bridge. Currently the route follows Pennsylvania Bike Route E on road for much of the 58-mile route, passing through lower Bucks County, Philadelphia, and Delaware County before crossing into Delaware near Marcus Hook.
Until more greenways are built, the route through Pennsylvania is primarily on roads. In northeast Philadelphia, many disconnected trail segments along the growing Delaware River Trail will become the Greenway’s route, once connected. In the city, both sidewalks and bike lanes are available along the route allowing for exploration of the culturally rich and tight-knit neighborhoods of this historic city. Bicyclists will experience a range of cycling conditions outside the city on larger roads in Bucks County and Delaware County due to limited options, though they are well marked with Bike Route E signage. Note that between Morrisville and Bristol, the Greenway will follow the D&L Trail once two obstacles are removed in Falls Township to make the towpath continuous.
Travelers pass through a series of small towns and neighborhoods on the northern end of the route before the Greenway travels through downtown Philadelphia. The route then picks up on the Schuylkill River Trail for about two miles before continuing south to Bartram’s Mile, the 58th Street Greenway, Cobbs Creek Trail, and trails within the John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge* (please see update below regarding the temporary closure of the Heinz Refuge and Greenway detour). From there it picks back up on Bike Route E south to Delaware, running through a refinery area a few blocks from the Delaware River.
Note: The Greenway parallels much of the regional rail lines for Southeastern Pennsylvania Transit Authority (SEPTA) in Pennsylvania as well as into New Jersey and Delaware, making multimodal trips possible with off-peak bike access on the trains.
UPDATED AUGUST 28, 2020: John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge is temporarily closed due to significant damage to boardwalks, stairs, some paved trails/roads, and trees. Greenway travelers, please use the on-road detour around the southern edge of the refuge, following Lindbergh Blvd, S 84th St, PA-291 Bartram Ave, and PA-291 Industrial Hwy to get between Southwest Philadelphia and Tinicum Township. Please check www.facebook.com/johnheinznwr/ for updates each day per the pinned message from the Heinz Refuge: "If there is not an update on this page, the refuge remains closed. Thank you for your patience as we are working to make the refuge trails safer for you and your families."
Traveling by train?
Quick tips when using Amtrak with your bike: Do your research in advance; each train line features different bike rack equipment and loading procedures. Check Amtrak for the latest and when in doubt: call the station if you have questions. Click for more: https://www.amtrak.com/bike
Mileage counts reflect the portion of each trail that is part of East Coast Greenway.
Delaware Canal State Park Trail, Bucks Co.; 9 mi
Bristol Spur Line Park Trail, Bristol; 0.7 mi
Pennypack Creek Park Trail, Philadelphia; 1.5 mi
Port Richmond Trail, Philadelphia; 1.6 mi
K&T Trail, Lardner’s Point Park section, Philadelphia; 0.1 mi
Penn St. Trail, Philadelphia; 0.25 mi
Schuylkill River Trail, Philadelphia; 1.8 mi
Schuylkill Boardwalk, Philadelphia; 0.4 mi
Bartrams Garden Trail, Philadelphia; 0.3 mi
Gray’s Ferry Crescent, Philadelphia; 0.7 mi
Cobb’s Creek Trail, Philadelphia; 1.8 mi
58th St. Connector, Philadelphia; 0.7 mi
Heinz NWR Trail, Philadelphia; 4 mi
Rt 291 Sidepath, Eddystone PA; 0.15 mi
Chester Riverwalk, Chester; 1.35 mi
While the East Coast Greenway Alliance is constantly improving the safety of the Greenway route through its advocacy efforts, many of the current on-road connections, including those on the Greenway’s interim routes, have little or no special provisions for bicyclists or pedestrians. Long-distance travel via on-road sections of the Greenway is recommended for experienced cyclists only. Many lengthy traffic-free segments of the Greenway are suitable for families and cyclists, walkers and runners of all ages and abilities.
The current on-road routing is housed on low-traffic roads whenever possible. We aim to be as clear as we are able about the conditions riders can expect by including alerts for known stressful sections on our online mapping tool at map.greenway.org. Directional signage may or may not be present along the route. Users are advised to review state traffic laws, research current road conditions and discuss plans with people familiar with area roadways.
This website provides information for the public about trails and roads for traveling the interim route of the East Coast Greenway and their general suitability for long-distance cycling and walking. The East Coast Greenway Alliance and those involved with the development and publication of this website do not assume any liability for injuries, damage or loss to persons using this information or the routes suggested. People using this information are responsible for their own safety and should take appropriate precautions.
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