The Schuylkill River Town Program 

The Schuylkill River Town Program (SRTP) encourages residents and visitors alike to explore, recreate and enjoy the Schuylkill River and the Schuylkill River Trail. 

The program is based on a cooperative, collaborative, community-based approach that fosters closer connections to the river and galvanizes people to protect this extraordinary resource and its environment

The Schuylkill River played a significant role in revolutions that shaped the collective history of our region and the nation. In 1974, the Schuylkill River Greenway Association began to tell the amazing story of the Schuylkill, and in 2000, the United States Congress designated the River a National Heritage Area, one of only 49 places in the country where a natural, cultural, historic, and recreational resources combine to form a cohesive, nationally, distinctive, landscape. The Schuylkill River Heritage Area continues to revitalize and restore the region through natural and cultural resource preservation, education, recreation, community revitalization, and heritage tourism. 

The Schuylkill and the adjacent trail are lifelines that link our towns together creating a bond between the environment, recreation and quality of place.

The Schuylkill River designated the 2014 River of the Year has shaped our region, the state and even the nation, playing a significant role in our collective histories. 

Come join us on the Schuylkill – play, learn, and relax.

Paddle and fish in the river; bike, run or stroll our run our trail; take in nature – the trees, birds, turtles and fish. 

This is your river and your trail – love it and protect it.


From Executive Vice President Patrick Starr: 

The mission of the Pennsylvania Environmental Council is to protect and restore the environment through education and advocacy. PEC believes in collaborating with the private sector, government, communities and individuals to improve the quality of life for all Pennsylvanians. The goal of the Schuylkill River Town Program (SRTP) is to bring these regional partners together to give River Town residents a sense of ownership and responsibility for stewardship of their river. 

SRTP focuses on four former industrial towns along the Schuylkill River: Manayunk, Conshohocken, Norristown and Phoenixville. The program promotes the use of the river and adjacent trail in a variety of ways to the town residents and visitors.  By volunteering, you help protect the river and trail through active stewardship while building a personal relationship with these assets.

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