How to Run and Bike on Montco’s Section of the Schuylkill River Trail after Hurricane Ida

Schuylkill River Trail
Image of the Schuylkill River Trail via Monica Herndon, The Philadelphia Inquirer.

Hurricane Ida left the popular Schuylkill River Trail underwater, and while the floodwaters have been drained in the past ten days, some sections still remain obstructed due to the destruction, writes Grace Dickinson for The Philadelphia Inquirer.

If you are planning to travel the trail over the following days, you need to be prepared to use alternative routes.

While some parts of the trail that run through Montgomery County opened temporarily last week, due to safety concerns all sections of the trail in the county are now closed.

This includes the section that runs from the Manayunk Towpath through Phoenixville and out to Pottstown.

“Trail use at this time can actually hamper and slow down our efforts,” said Kelly Cofrancisco, Communications director for Montgomery County.

A reopening timeline has yet to be set. Changes can happen at any time, considering that trail conditions are continuously evolving. Volunteer workdays to clean the trail in Montgomery County are being organized by Schuylkill River Greenways National Heritage Area.

The section of the trail that runs through the neighboring Berks County was not as heavily impacted by the hurricane and is currently fully open for use.

Read more about Schuylkill River Trail in The Philadelphia Inquirer.