East Falls is an Urban Village
Traffic and commerce flow through East Falls, by bike, car, bus and train. Major arterial roads make East Falls the perfect place to meet and stop. Nestled between the Schuylkill River and Fairmount Park’s Wissahickon Valley, East Falls offers an eclectic mix of residential and commercial opportunities. East Falls SEPTA station is served by two train lines, multiple SEPTA bus lines, and convenient access to Route 1 (Roosevelt Boulevard, City Line Avenue) and the Schuylkill Expressway, Route I76. An estimated 60,000 regional commuters travel past East Falls along Kelly Drive daily. Prime location, historic architecture, and strong civic spirit make this community an increasingly popular destination for families, business and recreation, while trendy bars and restaurants generate a vibrant social life for visitors from surrounding Philadelphia neighborhoods.
East Falls is located just northwest of Center City Philadelphia and just a few minutes from Manayunk and Chestnut Hill communities.
From Delaware/Baltimore, South Jersey
From South (Delaware, Baltimore etc...) - Take I-95 North. Follow signs for Central Philadelphia/I- 676 west. Follow 676 West to signs for Route 76 (Schuylkill Expressway) West - (towards Valley Forge). Take 76 to Lincoln Dr/Kelly Dr Exit 340A, merge onto City Ave W, and take the exit on the left which is Ridge Avenue. Keep right at the fork to go on to Ridge Avenue. Welcome to East Falls - on-street parking is available.
From Reading/Lancaster/Harrisburg From West (Reading, Lancaster, Harrisburg) - Take the PA Turnpike East to Exit 326 (old exit 24; Schuylkill Expressway). Take Schuylkill Expressway (I-76) East towards Central Philadelphia. Take 76 to Lincoln Dr/Kelly Dr Exit 340A, merge onto City Ave (over the Bridge), and take the exit on the left which is Ridge Avenue East. Welcome to East Falls – on-street parking is available.
From New York and north New Jersey From North (New York, North Jersey) - Take NJ Turnpike to PA Turnpike/Exit 6. Take the PA Turnpike to Exit 326 (old exit 24; Schuylkill Expressway). Take Schuylkill Expressway (I-76) East towards Central Philadelphia. Take 76 to Lincoln Dr/Kelly Dr Exit 340A, merge onto City Ave W, and take the exit on the left which is Ridge Avenue. Welcome to East Falls – on-street parking is available
From Northeast/Bucks County Take US-1 South which becomes Roosevelt Blvd. Take the Ridge Ave Exit. Turn right onto Ridge Ave. Welcome to East Falls – Parking Lot is directly ahead.
One of the many benefits of East Falls is its convenient public transit access. In addition to the service of two SEPTA rail lines (R6 and R8), eight bus lines service the community along major arterial roads. The Wissahickon Transfer Center, located between East Falls and Manayunk, serves as a transfer point for seven additional bus lines. East Falls is a single bus ride from Center City, points in North, West, Northwest and Northeast Philadelphia, as well as suburban locales such as Plymouth Meeting, King of Prussia and Valley Forge. For more information, go to www.septa.org.
East Falls’ SEPTA Regional Rail station stops are conveniently located for residents and visitors. East Falls station at Midvale Avenue and Cresson Street is served by the R6 Norristown line and the Queen Lane Station, at Midvale Avenue and Queen Lane, is served by the R8 Chestnut Hill West line. Both stations are Zone 1 stops and are approximately 15-20 minutes from Center City. These lines also link East Falls to Manayunk, Roxborough, Conshohocken, Norristown, Mount Airy and Chestnut Hill.
East Falls is easily accessible from the Schuylkill Expressway (I-76) and the Roosevelt Extension (US 1). Take Exit 340A and follow the signs for Ridge Avenue East. The Schuylkill Expressway connects to the Delaware Expressway (I-95) and the Vine Street Expressway (I-676). East Falls’ is a short car ride from points such as Philadelphia International Airport, the Sports Complex, the Benjamin Franklin Bridge, the Philadelphia Zoo, King of Prussia, the Pennsylvania Turnpike, City Line Avenue and the Roosevelt Boulevard.
Bicycle and Pedestrian
Facilities The Schuylkill River Rail along Kelly Drive is an important recreational venue that serves the entire Philadelphia region. It is a scenic recreational path for walkers, joggers, bicyclists and rollerbladers that follows the curves and turns of the Schuylkill River. There is an eight mile loop trail from East Falls to the Art Museum that crosses the River at the historic Falls Bridge in East Falls. The Bridge connects to Martin Luther King Drive on the West side of the Schuylkill River. Portions of Martin Luther King Drive are closed during the day on Saturdays and Sundays from May to October to accommodate recreational activities.
East Falls has a section of the 8 mile recreation loop from the Art Museum to the Falls Bridge. It also offers a connection to some of the most scenic mountain biking trails in Pennsylvania. Extending beyond the Philadelphia Museum of Art, along both sides of the Schuylkill River and Wissahickon Creek, Fairmount Park is the largest municipally-owned park in the United States. From East Falls, you can easily connect to the Wissahickon Creek, which cuts through the Wissahickon Valley Park, an 1,800-acre, 7-mile long forested alpine gorge that empties into the Schuylkill River. There are also other bike paths and trails are within the park.
The recreational loop is paved along the Schuylkill River Trail; Forbidden Drive is gravel, and the Wissahickon has mountain bike and horse trails. The loop guides you through the Azalea Garden, Boat House Row, beautiful views of the river and Falls Bridge as well as the sculptures along the river. It is an easy-to-moderate ride with minimal elevation. Bicycles share the path with hikers, and roller bladers.