MONTGOMERY COUNTY, PENNSYLVANIA
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Last Updated: 2008
Length: Perkiomen Trail; 19 miles
Difficulty: Easy. Most of the trail is packed cinder and level along a former rail bed. There are some paved sections as well.
To start from Lower Perkiomen Park; From Route 422, take the Egypt Rd exit and then turn right at the end of the exit ramp. Next turn right onto New Mill Rd where you'll come to the parking lot on your left.
The 19-mile Perkiomen Trail runs through the Perkiomen Creek Valley from its junction with the Schuylkill River Trail at Oaks, Upper Providence Township to the largest County Park, Green Lane Park. Most of the trail is a 10-foot wide cinder or stone aggregate (non-paved) surface with grass shoulders. Selected sections are paved where deemed appropriate. The multi-use trail follows the Perkiomen Creek and connects three County parks; Lower Perkiomen Valley Park, Central Perkiomen Valley Park, and Green Lane Park and two County historic sites "Mill Grove" – Audubon Wildlife Sanctuary and Pennypacker Mills. It passes directly through ten (10) municipalities making connections to numerous municipal parks and open spaces along the scenic waterway. The trail provides access to Valley Forge National Historical Park via its connection to the Schuylkill River Trail extension. The Trail follows much of the old Perkiomen Railway which began operation in 1868. For more information visit; PERKIOMEN TRAIL and Schuylkill River Trail .
Starting from the intersection with the Schuylkill River Trail; The trail starts out paved as it passes through Lower Perkiomen Valley Park alongside Perkiomen Creek. Mile post appear every 1/2 mile along the right side of the trail. There are restrooms and picnic tables located in the park. You'll come to the parking lot at just over a mile. At mile 2, the trail comes to Upper Indian Head Rd, where you take a quick detour left up this road to return to the trail on the right. Here the trail joins the old rail trail and consists of stone-dust. I hope to return to this trail in the future to continue the journey.
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