The distance from Passyunk Point to Fort Mifflin is less than 3 miles. Some of the western riverfront is occupied by storage tanks and marine facilities and poses a barrier for trail use. Land acquisition and/or easements will be needed along the entire length of the trail and this will likely be a difficult effort. Much of the land will require environmental remediation. However, except for a river inlet just north of the Penrose Bridge, the terrain is trail friendly – relatively flat with few natural barriers.
A study will be undertaken to determine the most practical route. It remains to be seen if the route can be completed as a single project or broken into phases. The desire is to keep the trail as close to the river as possible. The oil storage tanks and the tug boat facility will have to be accommodated. Because of the proximity to the Philadelphia International Airport and its runway approach lights, coordination of proposed routes will be needed. The City and Army Corps of Engineers will be consulted on proposals for bringing the trail to Historic Fort Mifflin.