The Delaware River Trail (DRT) is changing the game on how you experience your Philadelphia Waterfront. Gone are the days when you were cut off from the water. Thanks to the completion of the trail (officially completed in April...
The Delaware River Trail is a scenic multimodal trail that stretches along Philadelphia’s Central Delaware River Waterfront. The trail improves accessibility to a variety of businesses, residences, and DRWC-operated public attractions such as Spruce Street Harbor Park, Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest and Winterfest, and Cherry Street Pier.
A significant portion of the trail between Washington Avenue and Spring Garden Street was completed in Spring 2022, improving safety for all modes of travel along Columbus Boulevard, accommodating walkers, joggers, and cyclists, and providing clear separation from motorists.
Two miles of curb-separated, bi-directional asphalt bike path separated from a sidewalk for walking and running
Landscaped planting beds that provide safe buffers between different modes of traffic, that include hundreds of new trees and beautiful, seasonal shrubs and grasses
Solar-powered pedestrian light poles
Distinctive furnishings, including benches, bicycle racks (including a two-tier bicycle shelter at Spruce Street Harbor Park), trash and recycling cans
A bicycle and pedestrian counter at Spruce Street Harbor Park depicting monthly and yearly numbers of cyclists and pedestrians
Increased stormwater management through new inlets and strategic garden beds
Easier access to the public, commercial, and residential spaces along the trail
The trail is part of the East Coast Greenway and the Circuit, a vast regional network of hundreds of miles of multiuse trails across Pennsylvania and New Jersey that is growing each year. It also creates an important connection to Spring Garden Street, the site of a planned Greenway connecting the Delaware River to the Schuylkill River.
Delaware River Trail Partners
City of Philadelphia’s Office of Arts, Culture and Creative Economy
Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission
Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development
Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources
Pennsylvania Department of Transportation
William Penn Foundation
News and Updates
Beginning on Tuesday, March 1, 2022, artists from Ball-Nogues Studios will begin the installation of a new piece of public art on the waterfront, Weaver’s Knot - Sheet Bend, a sculpture installed between Cherry Street Pier and...
Heads up! Construction has begun on the final segments of the Delaware River Trail -- the eastside of Columbus Boulevard between Christian Street and Washington Avenue. Road work and detours will continue for two months....
Where did the idea for the trail come from? The creation of a continuous, multi-use trail running the length of the waterfront was a critical element of the Master Plan for the Central Delaware, the community-driven guiding...
This report, commissioned by the Delaware River Waterfront Corporation (DRWC), contains a summary of preliminary design recommendations and conceptual plans developed by The RBA Group for the advancement of the Delaware River...
The Penn Street Street Trail, located north of Spring Garden Street, was completed in 2013 as part of the Delaware River Trail. The trail links with a public section of trail built by Sugarhouse Casino (currently Rivers Casino)....
The Delaware River Waterfront Corporation (DRWC) is making incredible progress on the construction of the Central portion of the Delaware River Trail (DRT), a multimodal, protected path that spans the length of the east side of...