Celebrate the Schuylkill River Trail with bikes, beer and live music! Ride from Pottstown to Reading and back along the Schuylkill River Trail, then kick back and relax at the Sly Fox Brewery's annual Can Jam Festival featuring great food, Sly Fox beer and eight hours of live music. All proceeds benefit the Schuylkill River Trail.
All riders receive voucher for free food and one free beer! Fully stocked rest stops! Ride support! Complimentary pre-ride bike safety checks! Well marked route!
New this year! Optional hill climb! Add four miles to your ride with an optional hill climb along the Hopewell Big Woods Trail that connects to the Schuylkill River Trail in Union Township. The Big Woods Trail consists of a nearly 2-mile gentle upgrade with stunning views of Monocacy Hill as you near the top. You can rest at the top and enjoy an easy ride down back onto the Schuylkill River Trail. This is a gravel trail which could have some loose areas, so riders should be cautious on the descent.
40 mile ride (44 miles with optional hill climb) 9 a.m. start time: Pottstown to Reading Riverfront Park and back along the Schuylkill River Trail with a short on-road section to and from the brewery. (
16-mile ride (20 miles with optional hill climb) 10 a.m. start time: Union Township Recreation Area and back along the Schuylkill River Trail with a short on-road section to and from the brewery.
See photos of the 2017 ride
About Ride for the River
Ride for the River is designed to allow cyclists to explore the Schuylkill River Trail while supporting the Schuylkill River Heritage Area, which operates and maintains the trail in Berks and Schuylkill Counties and works to improve the entire trail. All rides begin and end at Sly Fox's popular Can Jam Festival located at 331 Circle of Progress Dr., in Pottstown. Both the 16- and 40-mile options take place primarily along the flat, crushed stone Schuylkill River Trail, with about five miles of on-road riding between the festival and the trail. The on-road section has some hills.
About Can Jam Festival
Sly Fox Brewing Company's CAN JAM Music Festival is curated to feature rising regional independent talent, authentic and original, just like Sly Fox beers! A free day of amazing music in the beautiful pastures adjoining the brewery, accentuated by one of the largest KanJam® tournaments on the planet.
The Can Jam Music Festival celebrates Sly Fox Brewing Company's role as an early adopter, evangelist and promoter of cans—the hottest packaging trend in the craft brewing industry. Learn more about Can Jam.
Special Thanks to our 2017 Sponsors & Partners!
Schultz & Williams • B & G Glass
• Wilson Consulting Group, PC • Lewis Environmental • Delaware River Basin Commission • Vist Bank • Pottstown Health & Wellness Foundation • O'Donnell, Weiss, Mattei, P.C. • Translogistics • Sly Fox Brewery • Virtual Farm Creative • Schuylkill County VISION • Traffic Planning & Design • Giant Markets • Redner's Markets, Inc. • Steel City Displays • Simone Collins • Schuylkill County Visitors Bureau • Trek Bicycles of Pottstown • Bike Sport • Barbara Akins Certified Public Accountant • National Park Service •PA Dept. of Conservation & Natural Resources • MGK Industries • DVRPC • Wrigley's Office Products