The Schuylkill River Trail between Philadelphia City Line and Phoenixville is owned and managed by Montgomery County who, apart from a short on-road section between Port Providence and Mont Clare, has provided users with an off-road trail with a wide, paved surface. This section of trail can be used to access other county trails such as the Perkiomen Trail, Audubon Loop at Oaks and the Cross County Trail at Conshohocken. The trail runs beside the SEPTA stations at Spring Mill, Norristown and Conshohocken; and provides access to the west side of Valley Forge National Historic Park at Betzwood. In Valley Forge, trail users cross the Schuylkill River via the Rt. 422 cantilevered walk-way to access the main park with its extensive trail system and historic sites. From Port Providence to Mont Clare there is one of the last watered sections of the Schuylkill Canal, and a restored lock tender’s house and lock.
Trail Update: A new 14-foot wide bike/pedestrian bridge crossing the river is currently under construction and will replace the existing 422-bridge walkway at Valley Forge when it is completed. Estimated project completion date is May 2016.
Trail Alert: The Schuylkill River Trail is closed between Phoenixville’s Main and Ashland Streets to accommodate Phoenix Village’s heavy construction equipment. The signed detour, to be in place through next year, directs trail users to follow Bridge Street to the recently opened trail on the west side of Main Street in front of the Phoenixville Heritage Center.