Sat. June 8, 2019 Hike Boxer’s Trail in Fairmont Park

Date(s) - 06/08/2019
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Boxer's Trail



Hike Boxer’s Trail in Fairmont Park

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Tucked away between the Strawberry Mansion neighborhood and the Schuylkill River, Boxer’s Trail is the stuff of legends; Joe Frazier once trained here. The 3.8-mile trail winds through old-growth woods and climbs up an outcropping of stone along the east side of Kelly Drive, providing a unique vantage point of the river below. It was recently restored by Fairmount Park and the Fairmount Park Conservancy. Today, it exists as a wide gravel and hardpack trail perfect for runners.

And though the trail itself isn’t long, recent renovations have made this a significantly more exciting destination for nature lovers. The nearby East Park Reservoir—largely abandoned by the city and gated off for the past 65 years—just reopened as a wildlife habitat and outdoor adventure course. A partnership between Audubon PA and Philadelphia Outward Bound School is overseeing efforts to preserve this accidental oasis while making it accessible to the public. A new hiking trail around the southern half of the reservoir is now available, as is a new center for environmental conservation and outdoor leadership training.

This nearly four-mile route (where Smokin’ Joe Frazier used to train) has wide-open pathways that cut through scenic woods and aren’t overcrowded like some other, ahem, more popular riverside trails. Start at 33rd Street and Oxford Avenue in Fairmount Park.
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