Take It Outside: 8 Ways to Get More Out of Fairmount Park

Grab the 10-speed
Grab the 10-speed
More than 215 miles of trails mean no shortage of trips for any type of biker, from the serious cyclist to the Sunday rider. Bike-less? Head to Lloyd Hallís Breakaway Bikes, where wheels run $10 an hour or $30 a day ó but get there early, because they sell out quickly. The parking lot behind the Art Museum offers access to numerous paved and off-road trails, and starting in April, MLK Drive (a.k.a. West River) shuts down to cars on weekends, ceding the entire road to two-wheeled drivers. For another day ride to remember, start on MLK Drive and catch the Manayunk Towpath to Manayunk ó lunch stop! ó before heading back. The maps at fairmountparkconservancy.org show all biking/walking routes in the parks. Tip: Over 16? Download a trail-use permit application to ride the upper trails of Wissahickon Valley Park or the soft trails of Pennypack at fairmountpark.org/forms.asp. Free for Philly residents; suburbanites, $20.

 
 

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