Biking the Perkiomen to the Schuylkill and Beyond

There are so many great trials to bike ride on in my area.   This past weekend we took an incredible bike ride – flat but very scenic.  We started the ride on the Perkiomen Trail at Lower Perkiomen Valley Park.  This part of the trail is flat. (We have now pretty much ridden the entire trail at different times – some of it contains hills).  We connected with the Schuylkill Trail- well obviously right at the Schuylkill River. – and went east towards the city.  We road the trail straight through Valley Forge National Park.   On most trails you need to be cautious of going around those walking.  However on this trip we were the ones people were speeding and trying to get around.   There are some serious rides on the trail.  We had an entire family team zoom by us all in a row.  (I was in a bit of a panic as I tried to continue riding straight as they zoomed past.  Not sure I would take younger kids out on this trail for a leisure ride.)

After Riverside Cemetery we turned around and at the Betzwood Picnic Area diverted off the trail to a nonpaved bike trail (River Trail) through the park.  (With our comfort cross trek bikes we can do this..)  The park on this side of the river is not as developed but there were several interesting stops along the way.  This required some backtracking when we reached the end to get back to ths Schuylkill Trail but in return we got to pass the most amazing old barn at Pawling Farm.   Check out this person’s site for pictures (did not have camera on me that day).   

This was a bit of a drive from home but well worth it.  We ended the day by having a beer at Iron Hill Brewery in Phoenixville where they just happened to be serving 8 pumpkin beers! What  way to end a great ride!

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