As if Philadelphians needed another reason to take it outside this summer, USA TODAY and 10Best have just provided even more motivation to plan on outdoor recreation.
After a nomination by a panel of outdoors experts and four weeks of reader voting, the USA TODAY 10Best Readers’ Choice Awards were announced today and Philadelphia’s Schuylkill River Trail ranks as the number one urban trail in the country.
The first-prize-winning path is part of Greater Philadelphia’s multi-use trail network, the Circuit, and meanders along the Schuylkill River bearing more than 20,000 runners, walkers, bikers and commuters every year.
Most know it for the uber-popular segment that runs through the heart of downtown Philadelphia — including the recently added Schuylkill Banks Boardwalk — but the Schuylkill River Trail actually runs for more than 60 miles and counting.
The Schuylkill River Trail sits in great company on the top 10 list: Other nominees in the category included Boulder Creek Path in Boulder; Forest Park Trails in Portland; Griffith Park Trails in Los Angeles; Lady Bird Lake Hike and Bike Trail in Austin; and the Manhattan Waterfront Greenway in New York.
With sweet summer temperatures on point, this is the ideal season to take advantage of the great outdoors in and around Philadelphia.
Hop on the bike or get walking on Philadelphia portion (which is about 10 miles in length) and experience the awesome city views along the Schuylkill Banks, located between the Fairmount Water Works and Locust Street, and still be out of town in no time.
Note, too, that the Schuylkill River Trail is still undergoing expansion, and will be more than 130 miles once fully complete, running from Roxborough all the way out to Bartram’s Garden.
To check out the complete list of the country’s top urban trails, check right here.
We’re headed out to hit the trail.
Schuylkill River Trail Wins Best Urban Trail [USA Today 10 Best]