Philadelphia is fortunate to have one of the largest urban park systems in the country. The Schuylkill River Trail in Philadelphia is part of the Fairmount Park system. Whether strolling along the paved trail in East Falls or making your way through the forested sections on the upper reaches of the canal towpath, one can witness a vast array of wildlife. The trails present a variety of developed and natural areas including man-made environments, riparian slope forests, lowland forests and wetlands. The Schuylkill River is home to many different species of birds, fish and turtles as well as native and invasive plants. Fishermen and birders can often be seen along the river and many just enjoy sitting along the river and enjoying nature.

An interpretive display along Kelly Drive tells visitors about native fish species.

Inn Yard Park provides a quiet place for relaxation along the river in East Falls

Canal View Park is a popular place to enter onto the Canal Towpath from Main Street, Manayunk.

Gateway to Wissahickon Park at the crossroads of East Falls, Roxborough and Manayunk along Ridge Avenue.


The upper section of the canal towpath is largely wooded.