Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Area recreation opportunities



Lower Perkiomen Valley Park: Access to Perkiomen Trail and Creek, soccer fields, paved trail. Access off Egypt Road.


Warwick County Park: Offers fishing, hiking trails a picnic area. Entrance off Country Park Road off Route 23, near Saint Peter's.


Nolde Forest State Park: Offers hiking trails that follow a stream through a restored forest, a historic house and an old mill. Trails can be accessed from Route 625 (New Holland Road) or from the park headquarters. Restrooms available in park headquarters.


Evansburg State Park: Hiking trails, playground, picnic area, nature center. Restroom facilities. Historic structures. Access off Germantown Pike on Skippack Creek Road.

New Hanover

Swamp Creek Park: Paved walking trail, historic schoolhouse, model airplane field, picnic area, exercise area. Access off Lutheran or Reifsnyder roads. Portoable toilets.


Upper Perkiomen Valley County Park: Connects to Green Lane Reservoir. Hiking trails and picnic area.

Port Providence

Lock 60: A towpath park runs along the Schuylkill River. Boats can be rented at Fitzwater Station off Canal Street off Walnut Street in Mont Clare. The locktender's house can be accessed off Route 29.


Memorial Park: Offers a spray park, baseball fields, BMX track and walking paths along the Manatawny Creek. Owned by the Borough of Pottstown. Entrance off of King Street between Manatawny Street and Route 100.

Riverfront Park: Offers a walking trail that connects to the Schuylkill River trail, a boat ramp, bicycle racks and houses the headquarter for the Schuylkill Greenways Association. Parking lots off River Road.


Pennypacker Mills: Historic mansion that was the former estate of Pa. Governor Samuel W. Pennypacker. Historic re-enactments. Take Route 73 to Haldeman Road north.

Union Township

French Creek State Park: Offers miles of hiking trails, boating and fishing in Scotts Run and Hopewell lakes, a swimming pool with bathhouses and a snack bar, boat rentals, picnic areas, basketball court, cabins and campsites, a playground and disc golf. Also is home to Forestry Service headquarters for the area. Trails can be accessed from inside the park or off Route 345 and off Park Road. Also an entrance in Saint Peter's off St. Peter's Road. Hunting allowed with proper permit. Restrooms available in park headquarters and at pool

Hopewell Furnace: A state historic site, this landmark holds re-enactment days, an ongoing archaeologic dig, hiking trails and living history tours. Access is off Route 345.

Upper Hanover

Green Lane State Park: Offers hiking trails, horseback riding trails, a nature center, picnic facilities, a playground, and a boat ramp. Restrooms available. Access trails off Route 29 (Knight Road), Perkiomenville Road.

Upper Providence

Upper Schuylkill Valley Park: Access to Schuylkill River. Access off Dreibelbis Road.

Upper Uwchlan

Marsh Creek State Park: Offers boating, boat rentals, fishing, hiking and walking trails. Restroom facilities. Access off Park Road off Route 100, or off Chalfont Road.

Valley Forge National Park: Hiking trails, biking trails, historic structures including Washington's Headquarters, museum, re-enactments, model airplane field. Restrooms at park headquarters. Bike rentals, snack bar in parking lot near main building. Access off Route 23.


Perkiomen Trail: access from Lower Perkiomen Valley Park or from Betzwood picnic area off Trooper Road. Must go south on Trooper Road until it ends. Also can access in Collegeville on Main Street, near the Wawa, and in Perkiomen Valley Park.

Schulykill Trail: Access from Riverfront Park in Pottstown. Connects to trails in French Creek and Valley Forge.