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Schuylkill River Trail -- National Take a Hike Day
Register at: https://www.eventbrite.com/edit?eid=51585515666 Be part of FreeWalkers attempt to hike 1,000 miles on National Take a Hike Day. A riverside flex walk of 5 to 15 miles with many rail stations along the way so you may travel the distance of your choice. A scenic fall walk through Fairmount Park and along the Schuylkill River Trail. Walk back in time along the Schuylkill Valley, from the very youngest portion of the Philadelphia skyline unfolding in Center City West and University City, to the grand parkway and art museum that changed the shape of a city a century ago, to the riversides and neighborhoods along the river whose water-powered industry made Philadelphia the workshop of the world in the 1800's. Follow the Schuylkill (SKOOL kill) River Trail upstream through the largest landscaped city park in the world and through lively and colorful post-industrial riverside neighborhoods. Walk with FreeWalkers along the west shore of the Schuykill River, a scenic and pedestrian friendly route. Explore the most eclectic neighborhood in Philadelphia that you may never have heard about. Manayunk is an old industrial burg replete with repurposed mill buildings, a canal towpath, a giant elevated rail trail that makes Manhattan's High Line look so very cute and charming, and a main street atmosphere brimming with food, art, antiques, murals, culture and a whole lot of adult beverages. We begin at 30th Street Station, easily reached by rail, bus or auto. This pleasant walk along the parkside banks of the Schuylkill River offers scenic views, nature, post-industrial towns and an historic canal system that is rarely visited. A number of train stations on our route offer a direct line back to 30th Street for those unable to finish. The hardiest walkers will finish at Conshohocken Station. We meet at the Porch at 30th St Station, a landscaped area with seating just outside the south side of the station. Visit freewalkers.org for ongoing event info: http://freewalkers.org/events Highlights: -Philadelphia Art Museum -Fairmount WaterWorks -Boathouse Row -West River Drive (MLK) -Fairmount Park -Falls Bridge -Pencoyd Bridge -Cynwyd Heritage Trail -Manayunk Historic District -Schuylkill River Trail -Roxborough -Conshohocken

The Porch at 30th Street Station

30th and Market Sts (northeast corner) · Philadelphia , PA

What we're about

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FreeWalkers.org is a social network dedicated to exploring life on foot. We encourage everyone to walk but are most known for our longer distance walking events. Our group membership is free and open to everyone and most events are free too. We encourage each member to accomplish challenging goals as we work together, experience, and promote pro-pedestrian issues.

We are an IRS-approved 501(c)3 non-profit. We appreciate your tax-free donations to us which helps us create low-cost interesting and challenging walks open to everyone.

Started in 2010, we now have over 2,000 members and organize dozens of walks each year throughout the Northeast and overseas. We do encourage joining ( http://freewalkers.org ) and actively supporting our partners and sponsors who help make these events possible.

Why you might like to join the FreeWalkers:

Did you ever wonder how far you could walk?

Do you like to walk with others but at your own pace?

Are you more interested in accomplishing personal goals than winning a race?

Are you the type of person who can't pass up an interesting challenge and/or adventure?

Would you like to know more about the places you walk?

Do you ever wish you could get out of your car and see what a community is really like?

Do you believe you spend nearly as many calories walking as running but over a longer period of time?

Are you looking for a sport where social interaction is possible?

Are you looking for an alternative exercise routine that's both easy on the body and builds endurance?

If you agree with even a few of the above questions you might want to join us for one of our many events. Each event is carefully planned, uses mass transportation where possible for entry/exit points, has scheduled stops along the way, costs nothing, and recognizes the importance of each individual's effort regardless of how many miles they accomplish.

Whether you are a participant, sponsor or partner we welcome you to the FreeWalkers and look forward to walking with you. Walk the Walk! It's good for you, good for us and good for the greater community.

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