Schuylkill River Trail

King of Prussia, Pennsylvania

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This is one of the best-kept secrets in the Philadelphia area. Part of Valley Forge National Historical Park, the ride is located across the Schuylkill River from the main attractions of the park-hence, it sees very little traffic except from hikers, joggers, and cyclists. This particular portion of the park is where General George Washington positioned his commissary. Out of these stone buildings blacksmiths, leather workers, wheelwrights, and other skilled laborers produced wagons, cannonballs, muskets, ammunition, and other goods to support Washington's encampment. The Schuylkill river played an important role in Washington's strategy during the winter of 1777-78. The river was a major supply route and was also the northern defense for Philadelphia. Food was shipped on the river from farms in the out-lying area to feed the soldiers at the encampment. The clay from the riverbanks was used as mortar in the wooden huts used by the soldiers. Terrain: Wonderful riding through open fields and dense woods, along the scenic Schuylkill River Trail.

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"This is one of the best-kept secrets in the Philadelphia area. Part of Valley Forge National Historical Park, the ride is located across the Schuylkill River from the main attractions of the park-hence, it sees very little traffic except from hikers, joggers, and cyclists. This particular portion of the park is where General George Washington positioned his commissary. Out of these stone buildings blacksmiths, leather workers, wheelwrights, and other skilled laborers produced wagons, cannonballs, muskets, ammunition, and other goods to support Washington's encampment.

The Schuylkill river played an important role in Washington's strategy during the winter of 1777-78. The river was a major supply route and was also the northern defense for Philadelphia. Food was shipped on the river from farms in the out-lying area to feed the soldiers at the encampment. The clay from the riverbanks was used as mortar in the wooden huts used by the soldiers. Terrain: Wonderful riding through open fields and dense woods, along the scenic Schuylkill River Trail."

Activity Type: Mountain Biking
Nearby City: King of Prussia
Distance: 6.3
Elevation Gain: 229 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Technical Difficulty: Easy
Physical Difficulty: Easy
Duration: 1 hour
Season: Year-round
Trailhead Elevation: 100 feet
Top Elevation: 125 feet
Local Contacts: Valley Forge National Historical Park, 610-783-1077
Local Maps: USGS Valley Forge, PA; Valley Forge National Historical Park map - available from the park office.
Driving Directions: Directions to Schuylkill River Trail

Recent Trail Reviews

7/19/2008
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8/1/2006
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A very nice ride with some cool history, some buildings and some ruins. Along the Schuylkill is very relaxing. It's an easy trail that anyone can do. Great for taking a non-experienced rider to enjoy a nice weeknight ride. Even if you don't do the loop, you can still just do an out and back.



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