Schuylkill River Sojourn
01 - 07 Jun 2020
The Annual Schuylkill River Sojourn will return in June 2020. The 7-day, 112-mile guided paddle begins from Schuylkill Haven and ends seven days later in Philadelphia. Participants can register for one day or the entire week. Organized by the Schuylkill River Greenways National Heritage Area, the sojourn has evolved into a popular paddling event that has allowed more than 4,000 people from 25 states and four foreign countries to paddle the revolutionary river.
More than 200 paddlers participated in the 21st Annual Schuylkill River Sojourn, with about 70 making the entire 112-mile journey from Schuylkill Haven to Philadelphia. The sojourn is summer camp, a regional history exploration, and bonding experience all rolled into one. People of all experience levels participated in this year’s event including several beginners who paddled the river for the first time. In addition to paddling on the water, sojourners learned more about the national heritage area through educational programming provided at all lunch and evening stops. This year’s sojourn theme was “Our Working River.” The river played an important role in the Industrial Revolution. The abundant natural resources and the fast moving waters of the river and its tributaries fueled the nation’s economic engine for centuries.
For the fourth year, Schuylkill River Greenways teamed up with the Schuylkill Action Network to hire a Sojourn Steward who researched historic, industrial places along the Schuylkill River and shared how those places have changed and impacted the river. Check out the Schuylkill Action Network Instagram page for recaps and photos from this year’s steward Julia Aguilar.