September 4, 2005
4 of 5
2 of 5
3 of 5
Once a month
Reviewed by: TwilightZone
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.
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.
May 1, 2003
4 of 5
Every few months
Reviewed by: 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.
There are so many you just have to explore.