Parks, Trails, & Historic Sites

CLOSURES ALERT hurricane Ida  9-17-2021

Due to storm damage, many County Parks, Trails, and Historic Sites situated along waterways are closed. The Schuylkill River Trail (SRT) Towpath, the SRT from the Oaks Bridge to the Port Providence trailhead and the Schuylkill east trail accessible from Lock 60 and Upper Schuylkill Valley Park are closed indefinitely. The Perkiomen Trail from Lower Perkiomen Valley Park to Cider Mill Road is also closed. Lastly, the north-side (Old Mill House side) of Central Perkiomen Valley Park is closed indefinitely.

We discourage any use of a closed trail or site as cleanup efforts continue. This is for the safety of all users.

Perkioem Trail
 

Mission Statement

To provide the premier system of natural, recreational and historical sites within the County by presenting unique and exceptional opportunities for visitor experiences that encourages a strong understanding and respect for the County’s ecological and cultural resources.



Montgomery County Parks, Trails, and Historic Sites offer wonderful opportunities for residents and visitors to enjoy various natural resources, participate in educational and recreational opportunities, and appreciate our historic past. Whether you are a bike enthusiast, a lover of antiques, or just want a quiet space for a family picnic, there is something for you throughout our facilities. You may be surprised at all there is to experience from our premiere sites…

Montgomery County owns and/or manages more than 6,000 acres of public open space which includes nine parks, five historic sites, and over sixty miles of regional trails. These areas include over 125 historic and non-historic structures, playgrounds, a fish ladder, a working historic canal lock, a wildlife center, and an archives/artifact collection of over 53,000 pieces. Our parks, trails, and historic sites combined are enjoyed by over 1.5 million visitors each year. Park lands include fishing opportunities, environmental education programs, hiking, boat rentals, pavilions, and more. Our trail systems and connections have been noted as some of the finest trails in the country, with the goal of all Montgomery County residents being no further than a few miles from their home to a trail experience. The historic sites preserve such things as the collection of a Pennsylvania governor, a Pennsylvania German farmstead, a colonial ironmaster’s home and the first American home of John James Audubon, a National Landmark. Each location throughout the county offers something unique! You will want to visit these locations again and again.

ALL COUNTY PARKS, TRAILS & HISTORIC SITES ARE NOW SMOKE FREE.  NO SMOKING (INCLUDING VAPORIZERS) OF ANY KIND IS ALLOWED.

The Division of Parks, Trails, and Historic sites works with a local citizen Advisory Board as well as many local agencies and partners in order to carry out our goals. To further assist you, please feel free to contact each site location with your specific requests or questions. If you are unsure whom to contact, please call or e-mail the main office during weekdays to be directed to the correct person or site. We look forward to making your visit memorable!

Trail Alerts 
Trail Challenge

MASKING
People fully vaccinated against COVID-19 can resume indoor and outdoor activities without wearing a mask or socially distancing while visiting Montgomery County Parks, Trails and Historic Sites. 

To be considered fully vaccinated you must meet the following criteria:
2 weeks after their second dose in a 2-dose series, such as the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, or 2 weeks after a single-dose vaccine, such as Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine.

Montgomery County Office of Public Health is not requiring masking/face covering while unvaccinated individuals are participating in high-exertion outdoor activities such as sports or exercising.

EVENT CAPACITIES
Event and gathering maximum occupancy limits are 50 percent for indoor events and gatherings and 75 percent for outdoor events and gatherings effective Monday, May 17 at 12:01 a.m. These limits will be fully lifted on Memorial Day, Monday, May 31 at 12:01 a.m.

For the latest updates, visit https://www.montcopa.org/COVID-19Guidance.

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