Get Over It

Spectacular views from this local landmark, now opening for sunrises and sunsets.

The Manayunk Bridge Trail opened in 2015, linking NW Philly to Lower Merion by via the Schuylkill River and Cynwyd Heritage trails. At under a half-mile in length, the route packs a surprising amount of drama along the length of this 1918 Pennsylvania Railroad bridge, converted into a wide flat multi-use path.

Below, the Schuylkill Expressway buzzes with traffic and then you’re suspended above the river itself. On one side, an old stone bridge cuts through rustic scenery. On the other, the hills of Manayunk – crowded with steeples and rooftops, spreading out from the canal. In addition to breathtaking scenery, the MBT also provides convenient access to Main Street businesses, plus other area rail-trails, mass transit, and the East Coast Greenway.

Due to lack of lighting, the trail has only been open during daylight hours. No more! Thanks to a coordinated effort between PennDOT, Manyunk’s Development Corp, and the Delaware Valley Planning Commission, the Manayunk Bridge is getting upgraded with new lighting and security cameras that’ll connect with both Philadelphia and Lower Merion police departments. Once these measures are operational, people will be able to use the bridge 24 hours a day, seven days a week. (Parks & Rec estimates late March.)

Looking ahead, the City plans to connect the bridge trail with the Ivy Ridge Trail, that’ll follow the railroad corridor to Ivy Ridge station. Meanwhile, come see for yourself this wonderful local asset – mark your calendar for Saturday March 26th and join NW Philly Pack Walk on a free guided tour along the Cynwyd Trail including a stroll over the Manayunk Bridge.

View of Manayunk from the bridge

Click Here for Event Details & Registration  9:30am – 11am. All welcome. **FREE**

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