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Trail

2.6 mile 4.2 kilometer point to point
Paved Path
Easy/Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 145' 44 m
Descent: -90' -28 m
High: 205' 63 m
Low: 90' 27 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 2% (1°)
Max Grade: 12% (7°)

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Trail shared by Jeff Menaker

Birds, views, and the John James Audubon Center at Mill Grove

Jeff Menaker

Features Birding · Fall Colors · Wildlife

Family Friendly Though the route might be long for some youngsters, there is an excellent Raptor Center located within the Audobon House, and imaginations will take flight here.

Description

Start the trail from the parking lot at Lower Perkiomen Valley Park. From the parking lot, head back on Mill Rd towards Egypt Road. The trail crosses over the Perkiomen Trail and Perkiomen Creek on the Egypt Rd Bridge. After crossing the bridge, look for bollards denoting where the path passes through a wooden fence.

The trail passes through a meadow offering opportunities for birding and wildflower observation before crossing the Mine Run (bridge). Here, the trail enters a wooded area and begins a steep ascent. A few marked side trails are off to the right following Mine Run into the Perkiomen. As the trail levels out, the remains of an old copper and lead mine will be on your left, (with an interpretive sign). The paved trail continues on and reaches the edge of a large field. As the trail turns a corner, a large bird blind is positioned facing the field.

If you wish to visit the Museum (Audubon's house) and Raptor Center (next to the house), follow the dirt path across the field and turn to the right. You can return to the loop trail by following the driveway until it crosses the trail just before exiting the property at the corner of Audubon Road and Pawlings Road.

The paved loop trail continues around the edge of the field and turns to follow Pawlings Road. The trail runs alongside Pawlings Road for a bit. On the non-road side of the trail look for more birds and forest restoration activities (and more interpretive waysides). There will be one short descent and climb when the trail crosses Old Mill Road. The trail continues on to cross US 422 via the Pawlings Rd Bridge (concrete barriers isolate the trail and vehicular traffic, fencing prevents leaping from the bridge).

The trail joins the Schuylkill River Trail - Conshohocken to Parkersford at the Pawlings Road Trailhead Parking area.

Flora & Fauna

Birds, small mammals, deer, fox, Raptor Center at the Audubon house.

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