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River Trail

 3.0 (2)

3.1 Miles 5.0 Kilometers


Doubletrack

142' 43 m

Ascent

-116' -35 m

Descent

2%

Avg Grade (1°)

6%

Max Grade (3°)

121' 37 m

High

68' 21 m

Low

Shared By Tom Robson

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This trail is an easy 3 miles of river views and waterfowl in Valley Forge National Historical Park.

Tom Robson

Dogs No Dogs

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7am - Dark

Description

This easy 3-mile trail follows the Schuylkill River from the River Trail parking lot off of Pawlings Road. This parking area is next to the Pawlings Rd bridge over the Schuylkill. If you are parked at the Pawlings Road Trailhead to the east and near 422, you are at the wrong spot. While similar in name, this trail is NOT the Schuylkill River Trail - Pawlings to Lock 60.

From the trailhead, follow the crushed gravel path down river 3 miles. Along the way, you'll find several views of the Schuylkill River to your right. You'll pass the site of Sullivan's Bridge, part of the Valley Forge encampment, where George Washington's Army took shelter during the winter of 1777-1778.

At the beginning of the trail, a large earthen mound is to your left. This is the impoundment for the Walnut Hill Desilting Basin, an additional trail is available on top of the berm. In other sections of the trail, multiple wetlands areas are present on your left. In the winter, expect to find ducks and geese. In Spring look for frogs and salamanders.

As you approach the downriver end of the trail, catfish island will be on your right. Look for heron and geese breeding in the spring. The trail ends at Betzwood Access. Parking, boat launch, and restrooms are available here. On your return trip, you may wish to turn onto the Commissary Trail and add a small bypass.

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Jun 18, 2018
Dan Sangiorgio
14mi
Feb 21, 2018
Chris Brassington
Started on gravel went back on to mountain bike trails, a little muddy and swampy in sections but overall good conditions, not overgrown at all. 3mi

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