The Boxers’ Trail in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania is a 3.8-mile hiking and biking loop trail in and around East Fairmount Park. The trail starts and ends on Reservoir Drive at the Sedgley Woods Disc Golf Course. After circling around the East Fairmount Park, the trail takes you and Fido into the woods for another two miles along the Schuylkill River, out to Mount Pleasant, and back to the beginning.
The trail was named after the boxers who once used the trail on a daily basis, including Joe Frazier. The Boxers’ Trail starts out as a paved path, but gradually changes into a comfortable crushed gravel trail that is easier on puppy feet than hot asphalt in the summer. As you walk along the winding path, you will first come to a forested hilltop where you get a beautiful view of the Schuylkill River.
After leaving the hilltop, you will meander through the wooded path, passing several of the historic mansions in the park, including Woodford, Laurel Hill, Ormiston, Mount Pleasant, and Strawberry Mansion. The path also takes you along some of the most amazing cliffs where you get some pawesome views of the Pennsylvania mountains.
About two and a half miles in, you will start seeing some of the gorgeous splashes of colorful wildflowers such as blue bellflowers, merry bells, yellow and white lilies, and purple flowering raspberry. These and other beautiful touches of color will stick with the trail all the way back to the East Fairmount Park.
You and your furry friend will likely see some wildlife around like foxes, rabbits, and squirrels, but don’t let your pooch chase or harass them. Do bring extra water bottles for you and Fido because there are no fountains or water sources along the Boxers’ Trail, and clean up bags. You and your fur buddy are going to love this trail, even if you aren't training for your next fight!