Phoenixville to Valley Forge Park River System Trail - Trail, Phoenixville, Pennsylvania

Phoenixville to Valley Forge Park River System Trail - Trail, Phoenixville, Pennsylvania

DESCRIPTION

Mostly flat along river with some single track. This trail will go all the way to Valley Forge Park and come up on some technical trails along the way. It connects to the Perkiom Trail right in Oaks by 422 where the new bridge opened in 2202. It has some areas where you have to cross running water damns. You can ride on both sides of the river and do loops. One loop you can do from the trail head is ride all the way into phoenixville and cross route 29 bridge and then come back on other side of river. This is a good training loop. I think this system will eventually connect all the way to Reading, PA. You must like exploring and a little adventure because the trail is not marked and at times is hard to find.

USER REVIEWS

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[Feb 08, 2007]
ken ashcom
Cross Country Rider

well i live right along the trail. the part i live along is the lock 60 part. its fun to go up river on the mont clare side, go up to 113 and then cross the river there u can either follow the single track that is offin the back corner of the boat launch parking lot or u can follow 113 around and back into phoexnixville. the 113 ride is mostly hills and mostly paved roads. the single track basically follows the river back down stream to where the french creek outlets in to the river there u will see a rock hill leading up to the railroad tracks (its not that dangrous ive lived here my whole life and never got hit) follow the tracks down river till you get to route 29 there you cross the river and start it all again.

warning- along the down river side there is a spill way for the old canal it just pops up out of no where its about a 10 ft drop there is a single two ft wide concrete path crossing it

Customer Service

make turn on to canal road follow the paved route down the canal to the lock 60 youll see trail from there

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another trail from local experience - coming in to mont clare from p-ville make a left at the light gow down to landis street make a right go up two blocks make a left go up the hill make a right on to lovers lane go past the cemetary then on ur left ull see a gat then about 100 ft beyond this is a trail head becareful large rocks coverd by slipprey leaves = no fun - go down to the stream make a left and follow out will take you out to the lock 60 if u go strait do not get lost lots of dirtbike trails from my freinds up there very confusing

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4
[Sep 04, 2005]
TwilightZone
Weekend Warrior

To say that you can go all the way from Valley Forge to Phoenixville cross over and ride back again on the other side of the river is an exaggeration to say the least. I found bits and pieces of this system, which is actually made up of different park trails. If you start at the junction of the Perkiomen and Schuylkill River trails in Oaks, you'll go about a half mile until you are forced onto a road and then wind up in the Valley Forge Sewage Treatment Plant. From here up to just south of Phoenixville is private land and you can't ride on it. The trail picks up at Port Providence park where the Schulykill Canal begins. There is some singletrack between the canal and the river, which eventually merges into the canal towpath after maybe a half mile. You follow the towpath about a mile to Route 29 in Phoenixville. Along the way you have to cross some estruaries and a fallen tree. Cross directly over 29 to a road that leads to Lock 60 where the canal begins again, about .5 mile. Then there's about 1.5 mile of single track along the canal and then the river until you reach the parking lot of the Upper Schuylkill Valley Park located on route 113 just north of Phoenixville. There is no more trail at this point. You have the option of turning around or riding south on 113 back across the river to the boat launch parking lot where the trail starts going back toward route 29. This trail segment is about 2.25 miles and takes you to just north of 29 where French Creek branches west off the Schuylkill. There's nowhere to go except up onto the railroad bridge, which crosses the creek and 29. This is the former Reading main line and it's still used for heavy freight traffic. I did not cross it--I value my life. That's all I could find. If there were miles and miles of great singletrack at one time, it's either gone now, or I just can't find it. But for what I did find, if you are a beginner, or old and out of shape, like me, or just like lots of spider webs in your face, these trails were a blast. Relatively flat and just twisty/rocky/rooty enough to provide enough excitement without causing a heart attack.

Customer Service

As soon as route 29 crosses the Schuylkill river (out of Phoenixville toward Collegeville) you can make an immediate right to the towpath (a few parking spaces here) which leads to Port Providence park where there is more parking and a john. Or go left to get to Lock 60, where there is ample parking and a john. The other location is the rear of the boat launch parking area, described accurately in the description of this trail. You have to cross an estruary--no water really, just large rocks, to get to the trail head.

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2
[May 01, 2003]
Joe Bob

There is so much good single track on this trail you just have to find it. To train I try to hit this ride once a month for a long three hour ride. This trail connects in Valley Forge Park and you actually can come out on Pawlings Road. For shits and gigles you can also bring a fishing rod and fish for some contaminated carp. Try this trail out it is fun and fast.

Customer Service

There are so many you just have to explore.

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