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Old December 15th, 2008, 03:29 AM   #1
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Default Philadelphia - Fairmount Park 8 mile loop

I can't believe this isn't listed! Ten years ago I would skate here 3 times a week, an eight mile loop right past the front steps of the Philadelphia Art Museum of Rocky fame. My husband and I even saw a guy on roller blades navigate those steps BACKWARDS. We don't get over there too often now, the kids can't hack 8 miles - YET!

Park behind the Art Museum, skate past "Boat House Row", after a nice incline at about 3 miles, take the bridge to your left. Then skate DOWN an even better incline. Follow the sidewalk (summertime weekends they close this part off to cars and you can skate in the street) skate past many picnicking areas, benches and small parking lots. Around 7 miles you will eventually see the Art Museum again across the river and a small waterfall. Cross the bridge that leads back to the Art Museum, skate past the Art museum back to your car.
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Old March 22nd, 2009, 12:46 PM   #2
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The street on the west side is newly paved and very fast. But it's also very wide so you don't feel the speed much. It's alot more spacious for speed skaters.

Also, the East side is still considered the Schuykill River Trail. If you head northwest, along the Schuykill, you'll, unfortunately, soon run out of pavement. The Trail is ash for a couple of miles. Then, again, it becomes black top for some 17 miles with only a few breaks for streets. Between Conshohocken and Norristown there is a railroad underpass that's often getting some type of construction work. It's skateable but go slow as it gets tight and a collision with someone going the opposite way is briefly possible. The rest of the Schuykill River Trails is really easy.

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