Schuylkill Banks Boardwalk
From South Street, after crossing the River from University City area, we will follow the Schuylkill Banks Boardwalk, a breathtaking, 2,000-foot-long pathway that extends the Schuylkill River Trail from Locust to South Street. The scenic path allows pedestrians, runners and bicyclists to literally walk over river to some of the best skyline views around. The pathway connects to the South Street Bridge via a 460-foot-long ramp that provides pedestrian, bicycle and ADA-compliant access to the Schuylkill River Trail. The over-the-water path is 15-feet wide and includes four scenic overlooks for those who want to relax and take in spectacular waterfront views of the Philadelphia Skyline.
The Schuylkill River Trail is easily one of the most-used parks in Center City Philadelphia with more than 19,000 users every week. The trail is already popular with runners, walkers and bikers, and the boardwalk is going to be another excellent addition to the park’s repertoire, connecting the trail to University City and beyond.
The boardwalk extends the existing Schuylkill River Trail from Locust Street to the South Street Bridge. The extension had to happen via an over-the-water boardwalk because there was not sufficient space for the trail to continue over land along this portion of the trail on account of active railroad tracks.