Best Trails in Philly to Run While in Town For The DNC

The DNC has officially arrived in Philadelphia. And while Philly has tons to offer by way of food, drinks and history, we also have an abundance of running trails. Never been to Philly? Why not check out the city (and beyond) by foot!

Check out some of the best running trails the city has to offer.

Schuylkill River Trail (SRT):

Few letters are as recognizable to the Philly running community the way the letters “SRT” are. The Schuylkill River Trail is a must for all runners visiting Philly. Nationally you may have heard of the SRT due to it being named the #1 Urban Trail by USA Today. The SRT also is hands down the largest stretch of trail in Philadelphia. The trail boasts over 60 miles of finished trail stretching from Montgomery County into the City of Philadelphia. There is no way to run in Philadelphia and not hit a part of the SRT.

Valley Forge Park:

Chances are if you are in for the DNC you appreciate history. If that is the case then you should take a trip to the suburbs to Valley Forge Park. On December 19, 1777 George Washington’s army marched into camp at Valley Forge and after a six-month encampment, successfully engaged Lt. Gen. Sir Henry Clinton’s British army at the Battle of Monmouth in New Jersey. This park boasts 19.5 miles of designated, marked, running/ hiking trails and 18.2 miles of authorized bike trails. With rolling hills, Valley Forge Park is sure to test you physically.


Boxers’ Trail:

While the SRT is the well known trail in Philly, Boxers’ Trail is a little bit more of a hidden gem in the city. Head to the other side of Kelly Drive and you will find this rarely used 3.8 mile trail that mixes the wooded area of East Fairmount Park with the scenic pathways that are commonly found in Philly. This trail is named for the Philly pugilists who used the park as their training grounds.

Ben Franklin Bridge:

While not a traditional “trail”, the Ben Franklin Bridge is definitely the best running path to get the true Philadelphia feeling. You won’t see much grass and trees that other trails have to offer. The Ben Franklin Bridge  connects Philadelphia and New Jersey. This is a three mile round trip that offers runners an amazing view of the city and skyline. However just because the trail offers great sites doesn’t mean it isn’t a workout. Runners are provided with a three quarter mile climb on each side.

The Ben Franklin Bridge at dawn. Photograph by Steve Boyle

Photograph by Steve Boyle


Art Museum Steps:

While not an official trail, the Art Museum Steps are a must for any out of towner. While some Philadelphian’s have a hard time embracing “tourist traps” we understand that these steps are iconic. Thanks to Sylvester Stallone millions of people know the “Rocky Steps”. So go ahead, go for a run up these steps and fist pump at the top. While your there make sure to get a picture in front of the Rocky statue.

Want to see the locations of these trails and more? Check out this map on TrailLink to see all of the trails this area has to offer!

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