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Upper Schuylkill River Trail



1.5 mile 2.4 kilometer point to point
98% Runnable


Ascent: 76' 23 m
Descent: -71' -22 m
High: 147' 45 m
Low: 104' 32 m


Avg Grade: 2% (1°)
Max Grade: 7% (4°)


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Trail shared by Jeff Menaker

A short trail along the Schuylkill River connecting Lock 60 Park and Upper Schuylkill Valley Park.

Jeff Menaker

Features River/Creek · Wildlife

Runner Notes

Trail can become muddy or impassable in high water.


NOTE: This portion of trail is not associated with the longer-distance Schuylkill River Trail and not part of that system. This may become an alternate path for the longer trail, but the official Schuylkill River Trail is located on the Chester County or western side of the river. Instead, this trail is part of the proposed "Schuylkill East Trail" which would be a similar long distance trail. Though this section is complete, the longer trail is still in progress (or possibly just in planning).

This trail follows the Schuylkill River on the Montgomery County side of the river. From the parking area at Lock 60 Park, cross the small footbridge over the canal and turn left. Go past the gate and follow a small footpath upriver.

In the beginning, this will be a grassy path. Along your left there will be the remnants of moorings for the canal and an older generating station. At the upriver end of the canal is Black Rock Dam, which is about 1/3 mile into the route.

Depending on river levels, it may be difficult to proceed beyond the dam. Normally, the far right edge of the dam is exposed and passable. From here, the trail becomes more gravel/rock bed and narrower with a few spots of mud and small water crossings. At the upriver end of the trail, you'll come to Upper Schuylkill Valley Park and Wildlife Center operated by Montgomery County. There is also a picnic and parking area here.

Flora & Fauna

Many waterfowl such as several species of ducks, herons, egrets, and the occasional eagle call this section of river home.

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Black Rock Dam along the Upper Schuylkill River Trail, January 2016
Feb 12, 2016 near Phoenix…, PA
Looking downstream at the Neal Thorpe Trail, January 2016
Feb 12, 2016 near Phoenix…, PA
Turtle in the canal.
Dec 31, 2015 near Phoenix…, PA
Looking upstream at the lower gates of Lock 60.
Dec 29, 2015 near Phoenix…, PA
Looking at the downstream gate of Lock 60 from the pedestrian bridge.
Dec 29, 2015 near Phoenix…, PA
Schuylkill Canal and Locktender House.
Dec 31, 2015 near Phoenix…, PA

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