Roxborough is a friendly, family-oriented neighborhood located in Northwest Philadelphia. It was once named Manatawny and eventually Roxburgh before being changed to Roxborough in the early 1700s. The neighborhood was made an official part of the city of Philadelphia in 1854.
It’s bordered by the Schuylkill River to the west, Wissahickon Creek to the east, Spring Lane to the north, and where the Wissahickon Creek and Schuylkill River meet to the south. It’s commonly grouped together with Manayunk, which is also situated along the Schuylkill River.
The area is known for its high elevation and hilly terrain, which is a large reason why most major TV and FM stations have their transmission towers located in Roxborough. Most of the fun is located along Ridge Avenue, which runs straight through the middle of the Roxborough area.
Some of the best things to do in Roxborough include Gorgas Park, The Upper Roxborough Reservoir Preserve, Wissahickon Valley Park, Roxborough Pocket Park, Courtesy Stable, Germany Hill, Kendrick Playground, Walnut Lane Golf Club, and take a visit to Manayunk.