DELAWARE RIVER HERITAGE TRAIL: ‘LOOP THE DELAWARE!’
Sep 1, 2023
PHILADELPHIA, PA – Area residents and visitors are invited to join two “Loop the Delaware” bike rides in September and October, which will showcase parts of the Delaware River Heritage Trail.
The Delaware River Heritage Trail is envisioned as a more than 75-mile-long loop highlighting the historic and natural resources along the upper, tidal portion of the scenic Delaware River estuary. The trail will eventually link 24 communities, from Trenton to Camden on the New Jersey side and from Morrisville to Philadelphia’s Old City neighborhood in Pennsylvania. While work on portions of the trail in many communities are still in progress, these rides are designed to showcase the segments that are finished and build support for the trail’s full completion.
The first “Loop the Delaware” ride on Saturday, Sept. 9 will trace the growing trail network along the Delaware River to connect historic sites, parks, and river access points in neighborhoods and communities in Camden, Pennsauken, Palmyra and Philadelphia — from the Ben Franklin Bridge to the Tacony-Palmyra Bridge.
The Delaware River Greenway Partnership is co-hosting this 28-mile ride with the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia, the East Coast Greenway Alliance, New Jersey Conservation Foundation, and members of the Circuit Trails Coalition. The southern loop ride will highlight the Delaware River Trail’s K&T Trail, the Port Richmond Connector Trail and Penn Treaty Park in Philadelphia, as well as the Cramer Hill Waterfront Park, and Cooper’s Poynt Park in Camden County.
While there is no cost to participate in the event, a $20 donation to the Delaware River Greenway Partnership is suggested.
Register for the Sept. 9 ride here: https://bicyclecoalition.org/events/loop-the-del-1/
The second ride on Saturday, Oct. 28, will feature multiple ride length options connecting Bristol, Morrisville, Trenton, Bordentown, and Roebling. Riders will experience the scenic canal towpaths of the D&L and D&R trails, as well as the recently completed 130 Bypass Trail that links Crystal Lake Park to Roebling Park on the Delaware River.
Register for the Oct. 28 ride here: https://bicyclecoalition.org/events/loop-the-del-2/
Rides are limited to the first 100 registrants. Those interested in attending are encouraged to sign up early to secure a spot. Transit options and more details for both rides will be provided upon registration.
For more information on the “Loop the Delaware” bike rides, contact the Delaware River Greenway Partnership at firstname.lastname@example.org, or the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia at email@example.com.
The Delaware River corridor from Trenton and Morrisville to Camden and Philadelphia consists of an extraordinary number of historic sites and fascinating communities, as well as parks and natural areas offering access to the Delaware River. The Heritage Trail provides a strategic set of connections to a multi-use trail and transit networks that make this unifying concept a particularly good fit in the region. Perhaps the best part: The Delaware River Heritage Trail and its impressive collection of attractions are available 365 days each year! Find out more about its many points of interest on the Delaware River Heritage Trail website: https://delawareriverheritagetrail.org/
The Delaware River Heritage Trail is an important part of the extensive, 850-mile Circuit Trails network in the Philadelphia metropolitan area, one of the largest networks of accessible, multi-use trails in the nation, providing endless opportunities for recreation and commuting. The extraordinary Circuit Trails Coalition has already completed 378 miles of trails in the nine-county region, with 102 miles in progress and another 122 miles in the project development pipeline. With public support and dedicated leadership, the Coalition will meet its 500-mile goal by the end of 2025! Sign up for more information and learn how to get involved with the Circuit Trails here: https://circuittrails.org/newsletter/
The Delaware River Heritage Trail on both sides of the Delaware River is also part of the ambitious 3,000-mile East Coast Greenway, an off-road trail in development to connect cities and towns all the way from Maine to Florida: https://www.greenway.org/
About the “Loop the Delaware” organizers
Delaware River Greenway Partnership: https://delawarerivergreenwaypartnership.org/
Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia: https://bicyclecoalition.org/
East Coast Greenway Alliance: https://www.greenway.org/
New Jersey Conservation Foundation: https://www.njconservation.org/