Cast Your Vote To Make Schuylkill River Trail Top Pick

POTTSTOWN PA – A panel of experts and editors at the USA Today newspaper have selected the Schuylkill River Trail as a nominee for its 2021 Readers’ Choice Award for Best Riverwalk, and now it’s up to area residents to ensure it’s a winner, according to Elaine Paul Schaefer, executive director of the Schuylkill River Greenways National Heritage Area.

Schuylkill River Trail lovers have four weeks to cast votes – only once daily per person until the national contest ends Feb. 15 at noon – favoring their choice. Voting can be completed here. Winners will be announced the following week on Feb. 26.

“The Schuylkill River Trail is truly a regional and national treasure,” Schaefer said. It highlights the historic Schuylkill River, and the region is the birthplace of movements that shaped the nation, including the American, Industrial and Environmental revolutions,” she noted.

  • In 2015, the Schuylkill River Trail took first place as the Best Urban Trail in USA TODAY’S 10 Best Readers’ Choice Contest.
  • The trail was recently selected as a top trail to visit in Pennsylvania on the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy blog.
  • The trail is also a major spine trail in the Circuit Trails network, a developing regional network of trails in Southeastern Pennsylvania and Southern New Jersey.

More than 75 miles of the Schuylkill River Trail exist across five counties of Southeastern Pennsylvania. Trail users can enjoy both the trail and views of the river at several areas along the pathway, which will extend 120 miles when completed.

“People have been spending more time on the Schuylkill River Trail since the COVID-19 pandemic. The free community resource serves as a connector to the rural, urban and industrial landscapes of the area,” Schaefer said.

Photo by the Montgomery County Planning Commission via Wikimedia