Following Franklin's Footsteps: Bordentown NJ to Philadelphia

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Following Franklin's Footsteps: Bordentown NJ to Philadelphia

Follow the very route that young Benjamin Franklin took on his walking journey to Philadelphia and historic destiny, 300 years later.


When and where

Date and time

Sunday, October 8 · 8am - 4pm EDT


Bordentown Station 100 West Park Street Bordentown, NJ 08505

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About this event

  • 8 hours
  • Mobile eTicket

300th anniversary of the walk by young Ben Franklin walked that changed history.

Start: Bordentown RiverLine Station, Bordentown NJ

Finish: Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia

Distance: 3-16mi

Optional starting points: Penns Landing , Philadelphia

Mini: Center City tour (3mi)

Terrain: paved

Transit: RiverLine from Trenton or Camden to Bordentown

Return: PATCO and RiverLine

Difficulty: Beginner

Category: history, urban, theme

Coordinator: Charles Updike

In October 1723, a young man of seventeen walked across New Jersey from New York City to Philadelphia. The journey transformed him and he, in turn, transformed Philadelphia and the course of world history.

Three hundred years later, join us as we recreate, without the hardships, the third and final day of young Ben Franklin's trip, and walk the route through towns that he walked.

We will recount what Franklin experienced in each town and the historical connections to Franklin at many locations.

We will walk from Bordentown to Burlington, about 12 miles. After this, we will ride the light rail to the Camden ferry to simulate the crazy boat ride Franklin took between Burlington and Philly. A three to four mile trip about town completes his journey. You may walk either segment or both.

More details about location and timing to come.


- Bordentown

- Crystal Lake Park

- Kinkora Trail

- Roebling

- Historic Burlington

- ferry to Philadelphia

- Benjamin Franklin Bridge

- Franklin Square

- Independence Hall

- Carpenters Hall

- Franklin Court

- Ben Franklin Parkway

- Franklin Institute

and much more


The East Coast Greenway Alliance is a non-profit organization developing a public multi-use 3,000 mile trail from Canada to Key West through New Jersey and New York. Donations and memberships help make this dream trail a reality.

Circuit Trails is 800 miles of interconnected trails in Greater Philadelphia in the making, already one of America's largest trail networks. Once connected, the Circuit Trails will be one of the nation's premier urban trail networks and it will provide multiple benefits to neighborhoods, communities and the region as a whole.

About the organizer

Organized by

FreeWalkers is a non-profit 501(c)3 social organization and network for individuals interested in participating in distance walking events. Our group is free and open to everyone. We encourage each member to accomplish challenging goals as we work together, experience, and promote pro-pedestrian issues. Paricipants accept responsibity for themselves on the walk.