The Lock 60 Loop is a non-committing 5 mile paddle following the Schuylkill River to a portage where you walk your boat across a grassy area and then back into the water and up the historic Schuylkill Canal leading back to the lock. The Lock 60 Recreation Area is also a local fishing spot, and other activities include leisurely walks along the towpath road observing a gathering of wildlife including turtles, ducks, herons, frogs, woodchuck, hawks, and many more.
What Makes It Great
The best part about the Lock 60 Loop is that you end across the street from where you started, exit the water from the dock in the lock and walk across the towpath road to the stone parking lot. Launch your canoe, kayak, or SUP in from the end of the parking lot onto the scenic Schuylkill River and follow the current downstream, keeping an eye out for turtles sunbathing on logs and numerous types of birds sitting in the large trees that line the river. You will pass under a few bridges, appreciating their architecture from a new perspective.
Once you see power lines, paddle hard left, following them to a clearing along the bank where a grassy path leads you back to the Schuylkill Canal. Head left going back “upstream”, although there isn’t current in the canal, ending at a dock in the lock. Sunset paddles are very popular among visitors. Don’t miss out on the epic Canal Day which includes a 5 mile canoe and kayak race along the Lock 60 Loop, a 5 mile trail run, food, games and activities, and a Canal Joust where contenders battle to knock each other into the canal!
Who is Going to Love It
The Lock 60 Loop is the perfect place for families, groups, or individuals to plan a quick paddle trip or take a leisurely stroll along the canal and river following the towpath road or multiple paths. There are also picnic tables available for use that line the river and the Locktender’s House is a must see for anyone with interest in the historical aspect of canal and lock. Originally built in 1820s, a demonstration of the restored and now fully functioning lock is available for groups and special occasions.
Directions, Parking, & Regulations
From Philadelphia, take I-76 West. From I-76 West, take exit 328A and follow signs towards US-422 West. Off of US-422 West, take the exit for Oaks, and turn left onto Egypt Road (PA-4002). Follow Egypt Road for about 3 miles, then at the stop sign at the end of the road turn left onto PA-29 South. After about half a mile you will see a right hand turn off the bridge, follow to sign to Lock 60 and then follow the Towpath Road back until you see a stone parking lot on your left, the end of the parking lot is a perfect place to drop in your boat.