The Schuylkill River Heritage Area will hand out newly updated Schuylkill River Trail maps at no cost from 9 to 11 a.m. on Saturday.
Volunteers will be posted at 12 different trail heads from Philadelphia to Schuylkill County to hand out the maps to interested trail users.
The maps have also been placed at selected visitor sites, where it will be available while supplies last. Visit www.schuylkillriver.org for a list of sites where maps will be available during and after the handout.
The maps are a reprint of the popular accordion-style trail brochures that were first made available in 2010 and last revised in 2012. Since that time, there have been several additions to the trail, most notably a new section built in Phoenixville that opened this spring.
The brochure unfolds to a total length of about 40 inches, allowing for a map that delineates the whole Schuylkill River Trail, including completed, planned and on-road sections from Philadelphia to Pottsville. The map also pinpoints trailheads and connecting trails, as well as water trail landings for recreational boaters seeking river access points.
The opposite side of the map lists communities located along the trail in each of the five counties (Schuylkill, Berks, Chester, Montgomery and Philadelphia) it passes through. A brief description of each town is provided, and available amenities are identified, such as parking, restrooms, restaurants and bike shops.
The maps were first introduced in 2010 and have proven to be very popular. They help trail users locate access points and gauge distances along the trail. They also enable people to better understand how the trail will look when finished.
The maps are intended to provide an overview of the entire trail and to better enable trail users to explore different parts of it. The trail will one day stretch about 130 miles from Philadelphia to Pottsville. Currently, about 60 miles of trail are completed, including a 30-mile piece from Philadelphia to Spring City, a 19-mile stretch from Pottstown to Reading and a 6.5 mile segment from Hamburg to Auburn.
Volunteers will hand out brochures on August 1 at the following trailheads:
• Grosstown Road Trailhead, 70 South Grosstown Road, Pottstown
• Pottstown Riverfront Park, 140 College Drive, Pottstown
• Port Providence Trailhead, 100 Longford Road, Phoenixville (Upper Providence).
• Betzwood Trailhead, 1398 S Trooper Road, Valley Forge
• Lower Perkiomen Valley Park, 101 New Mill Road., Oaks
• Parkerford Trailhead, Route 724, Parkerford
• Cromby Trailhead, Cromby Road & Township Line Road, Phoenixville
• Brentwood Trailhead, 650 Morgantown Road, Reading
• Angstadt Lane Trailhead, 38 Angstadt Lane, Reading
• Kernsville Dam Trailhead, 25 Kernsville Dam Road, Hamburg
• Manayunk Trailhead, Manayunk
For more detailed trailhead locations visit www.schuylkillrivertrail.com