Perkiomen Trail - Trail, Spring Mount, Pennsylvania

Perkiomen Trail - Trail, Spring Mount, Pennsylvania

DESCRIPTION

The Perkiomen Trail (PT) will be a 19.5-mile multi-use trail extending from its connection to the Schuylkill River Trail (SRT) in Oaks in Upper Providence Township to Green Lane Park in Upper Frederick Township. Most of the Trail is surfaced with cinder and packed gravel. The trail serves as a regional access between Green Lane Park in Green Lane, Central Perkiomen Valley Park in Schwenksville and Lower Perkiomen Valley Park in Oaks and two very significant sites, the Mill Grove Landmark in Audubon and Pennypacker Mills Site in Schwenksville.

USER REVIEWS

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[Jun 05, 2010]
Penni
Weekend Warrior

Trail is very well marked and gets a little conjested on the weekends. I have been doing the trail in sections. Best section is Plank Rd to the other side of Collegeville. Signs tell you to stay on the trail, which I would highly recommend as poison ivy is very thick in most sides. Just enjoy the ride and keep an eye out for squirrels and chipmunks, they like to play chicken with you.

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5
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1
[Apr 03, 2010]
Gary
Weekend Warrior

I am 54 years old. During the spring, summer and fall, this trail is beautiful. I ride from Green Lane to Valley Forge. It is mostly flat, except with a mountain around Schwenksville. You can walk up that if you want. Trail is along the Perkiomen River. There are many joggers, people with dogs, horseback riders, runners, walkers. Bring water or something to drink. After a rain, there are some puddles. In Schwenksville, there is a place to eat right along side the trail. There are benches every so often, if you need to rest, like me. I highly recommend this trail if you want to get some exercise, get outdoors and enjoy nature.

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5
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2
[Oct 14, 2008]
twowheeltourist
Weekend Warrior

I've rode this trail several times since it opened. I've been on the entire length of it. I have a Trek 7700 hybrid bike with 32mm tires, which is not a mountain bike per se but certainly can be used as one. The fact most of the trail is unpaved gives it a more intimate and rustic look. The surface for the most part is satisfactory, but one place specifically that needs attention is about 1/4 mile south of Yerkes Road (1 mile south of Collegeville). The base rock emerging through the top gravel layer makes for a flat tire or an accident waiting to happen, even with a conventional mountain bike.

One place where mountain bike geometry would come in handy, for sure, would be the steep grades at Spring Mount. Why they didn't keep the trail along the creek there, who knows, but the smaller gears on a mountain bike will make the climb a lot less stressful.

Also, mountain bike tires are helpful in isolated areas that are more heavily graveled than the rest of the trail. The section that goes through Skippack Township and Central Perkiomen Park is where you will see this the most. Unneccessary 90-degree turns are another potential hazard; they pop up on you, so you have to watch.

All that said, hydrid riders and even road riders can enjoy this trail too, if they use a little common sense.

Customer Service

Southern Section: Use Oaks/Audubon Exit of 422. Turn right at light. Go to the light at New Mill Road, just before bridge, turn right. Trail head is about 500 feet on left. Ample parking, even on weekends. Note this section is paved from the Schuylkill Trail junction to Indian Head Road.

Central Section: Use Collegeville Exit of 422. Take 29 north into Collegeville. At McDonald's (Main St), 29 turns right. Turn LEFT. Go to light at Third Avenue, turn left. Go one block to Collegeville Station sign, turn left. Go as far forward as possible in the parking lot to reach the trail.

Northern Section: Follow 29 north or south to Deep Creek Road, which is 1 mile south of the old bridge (now closed) and just south of the village of Perkiomenville. Follow this road to the first 4-way interesction; trail parking is on the left. Ample parking here too.

Similar Products Used:

Schuylkill Trail from Oaks to Philadelphia; Upper Schuylkill Trail/Thun Trail from Pottstown to Reading; Skippack Trail from Graterford to Evansburg State Park.

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3
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3
[Aug 13, 2008]
Rider30
Weekend Warrior

Besides the main perkiomen paved trail, which is not a mountain bike trail at all, there are numerous numerous side trails you can turn off on between Betzwood and Oaks Parking Areas. These trails range from beginner to expert.

Customer Service

Start at either the River Trail parking area off of pawlings road or the Betzwood parking area off of trooper road in Valley forge. There are so many crisscrossing trails that it is hard to explain. There is a good website with a hand drawn map outlining the trails at www.southeasternpamountainbikemaps.com

Similar Products Used:

Evansburg in Collegeville, Marshcreek in Downingtown

OVERALL
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4
VALUE
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3
[Nov 17, 2004]
eye144
Weekend Warrior

Excellent for a flat out ride. Rode from Graterford to Valley forge and Back one afternoon. Also rode from Green lane park to Spring Mtn and back another time. Both are about 22 mile r/t approx. Nice routes, there may be side trails off the main. I'll look for them next time. Also, you can connect all the way to Philly on this.

Customer Service

MAin route is easy, look for parks to tie into for diversity.

Similar Products Used:

High Rocks, Pennypack, Bradford Dam, Schuylkill River(Philly to Valley forge).

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3
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2
[Jun 26, 2003]
Pugzila

Let me start by setting the scene for you. June 25, 2003; 5:00pm, 95 deg (hot). I'm riding an old mt. bike with no suspension. Now, on with my impression of the trail. It's a great ride, mostly shady. The surface is almost entirely packed gravel, so it's fairly smooth. I wouldn't think twice about bringing my wife and her comfort bike. They both fair very well on this trail. You'll cross a couple of bridges, see lots of animals, a few swimming holes, and the occasional bench for when you get tired. Just be careful when crossing the streets, as there are several, but they're not very traveled. Ride on and remember, leave on tire tracks.

Customer Service

Start in Spring Mount, behind the Spring Mountain Hotel. The trail is marked "To Green Lane".

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5
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