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Perkiomen Trail

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Length


20.7 Miles 33.2 Kilometers


687' 209 m

Ascent

-531' -162 m

Descent

1%

Avg Grade (1°)

5%

Max Grade (3°)

296' 90 m

High

79' 24 m

Low

Shared By Jeff Menaker

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An easy hike along the Perkiomen Creek.

Jeff Menaker

Dogs Leashed

Features Birding · Fall Colors · Lake · River/Creek · Swimming · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Family Friendly Multiple opportunities to accommodate trips of any length. Easy access to facilities. Dining and retail nearby. Paved path.

6am - Sunset

Description

This 20-mile trail follows the Perkiomen Creek from Oaks (at the Schuylkill Tr to Green Lane Park). The trail is mostly crushed stone with a few paved paths. The majority of the trail is wide enough for several people to hike alongside each other.

The trail begins at the Schuylkill Tr in Oaks. but there is no parking at this point. There is a parking lot for Lower Perkiomen Valley Park on Mill Rd,(on trail, but 1 mile from S end). Entire section from parking South to the Schuylkill Tr is paved. In this section, there are picnic tables, fire pits, and pavilions. There are athletic fields used for organized soccer and ultimate events. This section is wooded with cut grass undercover.

To the North, the trail and creek cross under Egypt Road Bridge and follow the Perkiomen upstream. For approx 1 mile, the trail remains a wide paved surface. When this large surface reaches Upper Indian Head Rd (the first road encountered, and blocked with yellow bollards), the trail turns left/away from the creek. It will follow road briefly until a gravel path on the right approximately midway up first rise. Go right as the path dives through some wooded areas. This next section will be a mix of crushed gravel path and hard pack dirt/rock path.

There will be two hazardous road crossings. Each crossing carries the trail at an angle across the road somewhat in a hill section of the road with limited sight distance for drivers. Although the crossings are well marked, traffic generally moves quickly and drivers may not heed the trail signs.

After these two crossings, there are few hazards. The remaining road crossings are either protected with signals or have plenty of visibility for trail users and drivers. The trail passes through Collegeville in the form of sidewalks and paths between buildings.It passes close to a brewery, a diner, and several other dining options. North of Collegeville, a large portion of the trail is paved until it reaches Central Perkiomen Valley Park, another picnic and recreation facility with parking bathroom facilities. The Skippack Trail offers a side trip to the Village of Skippack.

To North, trail is mostly crushed gravel with some pavement. It passes old Mill House, Pennypacker Mills Historic Site, and Green Lane Park, offering swimming, boating, and camping facilities. Visit montcopa.org/index.aspx?nid… for camping, boating, fishing and more trails in Green Lane Park

Flora & Fauna

Birds, small mammals. Expect salamanders and frogs in the spring. Herons, ducks, and occasional Eagles along the Creek.

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Dec 28, 2018
Megha Nagabhushan
10.3mi
Nov 10, 2018
Andrew Parise
Jun 17, 2018
Jeremy Christian
19mi

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  2.7 from 3 votes

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Depending on what you are looking for this trail can be very disappointing. I used to live in the area and for me it was a good opportunity to revisit old haunts. However, with the exception of a few small portions of the trails that traverse local parks the majority of this trek is a desperately squeezed sliver of gravel or asphalt that is being crushed by encroaching civilization. While hiking this you are constantly surrounded by the din of traffic and more often then not you can see the land just adjacent to the trail being actively developed for housing or huge corporate facilities. The exception to all this is the Spring Mount portion of the trail that runs from Schwenksville to the Spring Mountain Ski Area. Much or this area was actually quiet and had good views of nature instead of our famously bad roads. On this portion of the trail I did spot a young adult bald eagle perched in trees over the creek. From Central Perkiomen Valley Park to the terminus at Green Lane Park there is no access to clean water on the trail and despite being surrounded by buildings there are few places you could stop to get water. The 6 miles of trail just prior to Green Lane manage to be flanked by trees on both sides while having the full power of the sun beating down on the trail. TBC... Jun 18, 2018
More and more sections of the trail are being paved to accommodate bicyclists & strollers, particularly in the Collegeville area. While you will find cyclists everywhere on this trail they are mostly encountered in the 5 miles extending from the start and the terminus. Sadly, a significant minority of the cyclists in the area seem to think that these multi-use trails are a place for them to practice for upcoming time trials and will blow by, within a few inches of hikers, at full speed and without any warning. Presumably they are no illiterate, but instead are simply going too fast to read the plentiful signs that are there to remind them that they are to provide warning when passing and are to yield to hikers. All in all, I enjoyed my time hiking on this trail but it was primarily because I love the act of hiking itself. I doubt I will ever return to this trail unless some specific reason compels me. Jun 18, 2018

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