Take Your Workout Outdoors

philly’s best trails for runners & hikers

Once Spring hits there is nothing like taking your workout outdoors.  Don’t let Philly’s urban landscape fool you;  Fairmount Park is the largest landscaped urban park in the WORLD consisting of 63 parks with a whopping 9,200 acres to explore which pretty much guarantees your workouts won’t get stale.  Aren’t we so lucky?

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  • Kelly Drive/West River Drive Loop – This is one of the most popular trails in Philadelphia & there are so many options.  Stick to the river for an 8.5 mile loop with gorgeous views of the river, bridges, Art Musuem & skyline.  Start at Lloyd Hall, turn left at the East Falls Bridge & take West River (or MLK) Drive back.
  • Kelly Drive to Forbidden Drive – For a much longer run start at Lloyd Hall, instead of going left at the East Falls bridge keep going straight on Kelly cross over Ridge Ave. to get to Forbidden Drive.  Once you are at Forbidden Drive you can take it to the Valley Green Inn, Bells Mill Road & even further to Northeastern Ave.  Then turn around & head back the way you came crossing the East Falls Bridge & taking West River/MLK Drive back to the Art Musuem.
  • Schuylkill River Trail – Start at 25th & Locust to make your way over to the Art Museum where you can channel your inner Rocky & hit the stairs or add some extra distance to the trails above!
  • Boxer’s Trail – This was the training ground for Philly boxer Joe Frazier.  This trail runs through East Fairmount Park.  Start at the Woodford Mansion & end at Resorvoir or vice versa.  This is a tough hilly run.  The full route is here.
  • Ben Franklin Bridge – This is not part of Fairmount Park but is a personal favorite especially at dusk (the colors of the sky against the bridge is gorgeous) or dark (city lights!).  The view from up here is incredible both ways & you are looking at around 2.5 – 3 miles.  Enter from the sidewalk entrance at 5th & Race.
  • Wissahickon Gorge – The Gorge runs from East Falls through Chestnut Hill.  There are quite a few entrances along Forbidden Drive.  Stay on the path for flatter terrain or veer off for something more intense.  My favorite for hiking (& gawking at gorgeous homes) is in Chestnut Hill along Chestnut Hill Avenue.  For a Google Map of all the entrances click here.
  • Belmont Plateau/Reservoir Loop – This is another 8.5 mile trail, however, it’s through East & West Fairmount Park so the terrain is hillier, varied & more intense.  For the loop click here.

Grab your dog, a friend & get moving.  Spring is here!