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, plans are in place to make 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—is slated to reopen as a wildlife habitat. 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. Several new hiking trails will be available, and the partnership will also build a center for environmental conservation and outdoor leadership training at the site. As of now, gates to the reservoir are still locked, but stay tuned!
Last updated: July 01 2016