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Scenic places for a run in Philadelphia

William Saint Val
Philadelphia SkylineDan Mall/Unsplash

The City of Brotherly Love is home to some world-class running events, including the Philadelphia Marathon and Half Marathon and the Broad Street Run 10-miler race. If you're looking for a challenge, these races will definitely deliver. But even if you're just looking for an enjoyable jog or walk through Philly's picturesque streets and neighborhoods, you'll be sure to find what you're looking for here. Philadelphia is a great city for a run and there are many scenic places to choose from.

Boathouse Row on the banks of the Schuylkill River. This beautiful stretch of the Schuylkill River Trail has been called "the gateway to Philadelphia." It's home to fifteen historic boathouses, each with their own unique architecture and history. Running along this trail is sure to give you an amazing view.

This scenic river view is only a section of the Schuylkill River Trail, a beautiful 26-mile trail that follows the Schuylkill River from Pottsville to Philadelphia. It's perfect for runners of all levels because it has both flat and hilly sections. Running along Boathouse Row on the Schuylkill River offers runners an especially scenic view of the Philadelphia skyline as they pound the pavement at dawn.

Another wonderful choice for runners seeking a challenging workout and beautiful scenery is Wissahickon Valley Park. This 1,800-acre park has over 50 miles of trails with steep slopes and creek crossings may be found in this area. The Wissahickon Valley Park is also perfect for runners of all levels. The park has a variety of trails to choose from, including easy and moderate trails as well as difficult trails with hills and rocky terrain. The park also has plenty of river views and wildlife to enjoy while you run.
Philadelphia's Fairmount ParkCredit: My Philly Park Blog

There's Fairmount Park, which is the largest park in Philadelphia and offers plenty of options for running routes. Philadelphia's Fairmount Park is also one of the largest city parks in the United States, with more than 2,000 acres of rolling hillsides, tranquil ponds, and verdant woodlands.

The Schuylkill River divides Fairmount Park into east and west sections. The east section has gentle trails for walking or biking as well as a relaxing waterfront area where visitors can enjoy views of Philadelphia's skyline. Shaded woodlands offer a peaceful respite from city life, while meandering creeks wind their way through this picturesque landscape.

The west section of Fairmount Park has some of Philadelphia's most impressive natural landscapes, including steep hillsides, meandering creeks, and impressive rock outcroppings. This area also includes miles of hiking trails that wind their way through the forested areas and has wonderful opportunities for running enthusiasts to explore this beautiful part of city park.

Penn’s Landing

Penn’s Landing hosts a lot of summer concerts. Located on the Delaware River waterfront, Penn’s Landing offers a unique backdrop for music lovers of all ages. In addition to concerts, there are movie nights and other special events. Penn’s Landing along the Delaware River is also a setting for a scenic morning run. While taking a run, you can enjoy views of the river and the historic warships USS Olympia and USS Becuna, which served in both World Wars.
Ben Fanklin BridgeChris Henry/Unsplash

The Ben Franklin Bridge is one of the most beautiful and historic suspension bridges in America. It arches gracefully over the Delaware River into Camden, New Jersey, and is a popular spot for pedestrians and tourists. The pedestrian walkway is wide enough for two-way foot traffic, so it's perfect for a romantic stroll or a leisurely jog. The view from the bridge is stunning, especially at night when the city lights are shining. If you're looking for a high-elevation scenic morning or evening run, then I highly recommend crossing the Ben Franklin bridge into Camden.
Ben Franklin Bridge Pedestrian WalkwayCredit: Author

Whether you're looking for an easy jog or an intense workout, with so many great scenic places to run, Philadelphia has something to offer every runner.

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