If you live in or near Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and are looking for a dog furiendly hike on the waterfront, the 2.6 mile out and back Delaware River Trail may be exactly what you and Fifi are looking for. This pawpular new path is paved and used by many for walking, jogging, and biking on Columbus Boulevard along the Delaware River coastline.
Starting at the Penn’s Landing parking lot on Sugarhouse Drive and ending at the Walmart parking lot in Pennsport, this easy walk will take you between several waterfront parks and points of interest like Washington Avenue Pier, Spruce Street Harbor Park, Blue Cross River Rink, and the Race Street Pier.
As you pass Waterfront Square, you and your furever furiend can walk out along the loop that takes you right to the river’s edge where you can see waterfowl, boats, and a beautiful view of the New Jersey shoreline across the river. About a half-mile into the hike, you will pass the Cavanaugh’s River Deck where you can get even closer to the water if you like.
There are many diffurent dog-friendly restaurants and other businesses along the waterfront that you can visit. About one mile into your walk, you will cross over the Ben Franklin Bridge where you can see for miles in either direction.
Halfway through, the Spruce Street Harbor Park is a pawsitively amazing place to take a break with floating barges, a beer garden, and colorful hammocks to relax on. Continue along the path where you will see the Washington Avenue Green with a dock that takes you and your poochie out onto the river for yet another pawesome view.
From here to the Walmart in Pennsport, you will have quite a few oppawrtunities to venture out onto the river to get a closer look at the amazing boats and New Jersey skyline. You will likely see some wild critters in the park areas of the trail and you should bring water and plastic baggies to clean up after Fifi. When you get to the Walmart, you can take a break before you turn around and head back along the trail to Penn’s Landing.
For a pawrific stroll through Philly and nearby areas, your pup will love this trail!