Valley Forge & Montgomery County

Outdoor activities in Valley Forge and Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, ensure adventure by day and a good night's sleep! Here are 10 ways to start planning your outdoor adventures around Valley Forge.


Kayaks on the Schuylkill River

Montgomery County offers an array of opportunities for boaters, kayakers and anyone who loves to get on the water. Rent a canoe or kayak from Port Providence Paddle to explore the Schuylkill River. Ride the pontoon boat at Green Lane Park. Take a guided canoe tour at the John James Audubon Center at Mill Grove. Or explore our waterways on your own.

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EXPLORE VALLEY FORGE AT YOUR PACE Valley Forge Park Bike Tour Discover the history of Valley Forge National Historical Park as you walk, run or bike your way around nearly 20 miles of interconnected trails. The 6.6-mile Joseph Plumb Martin Trail passes many of the park's most iconic features, including the Muhlenberg Brigade huts and United States National Memorial Arch. The park's scenic picnic areas are the perfect setting for a relaxing lunch.

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HIT THE TRAILS Perkiomen Trail Rusty Kennedy Nearly 90 miles of trails traverse Montgomery County, offering endless challenges for hikers and bikers to explore the Philadelphia suburbs and countryside. The Schuylkill River Trail connects Valley Forge Park with Philadelphia, carving a path through Conshohocken and Norristown. The 20-mile Perkiomen Trail connects Green Lane Park to the John James Audubon Center at Mill Grove. And the Wissahickon Trail connects Fort Washington State Park to Philadelphia.

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TAKE ON A ZIPLINING CHALLENGE Spring Mountain Ziplining 2 Feel the rush of adrenaline as you fly through the treetops on a ziplining adventure in Montgomery County. The ski slopes of Spring Mountain Adventures are transformed into an exhilarating canopy tour from May into November. You can get a bird's-eye view of the Elmwood Park Zoo at the Treetop Adventure Park Philadelphia, a series of ziplines and rope challenges high above the animals. 

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SOAR IN A HOT AIR BALLOON Hot Air Balloon 11 Experience Montgomery County from a whole new perspective—1500 feet in the air. The United States Hot Air Balloon Team offers a chance at a once-in-a-lifetime experience on a hot air balloon adventure high above the county.

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DINE AL FRESCO Woodside Lodge Server A meal under a bright blue sky - or a canopy of emerging stars - is a terrific way to enjoy the beautiful weather while enjoying Montgomery County hospitality. There are dozens of places throughout the county to dine al fresco, and we have compiled a list of some of the best. 

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FIND A NEW FISHING SPOT Fishing Green Lane Park Wet a line and take aim for trout, catfish, walleye and more in the rivers, streams and lakes of Montgomery County. Take your rod and reel to Valley Forge National Historical Park for some of the best fishing in the area or explore other fishing holes including Green Lane Reservoir, Deep Creek Lake and the Perkiomen Creek.

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GO FOR A HORSEBACK RIDE Horseback Riders at Valley Forge Experience Montgomery County the same way George Washington did more than 200 years ago as you ride high in the saddle. Valley Forge National Historical Park offers 17 miles of designated horse trails. Another 15 miles of horse trails await at Evanburg State Park. The nearby Red Buffalo Ranch offers seasonal guided rides through the state park.

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FEED THE GIRAFFES AT THE ZOO Elmwood Park Zoo Giraffe Feeding From Memorial Day through Labor, Elmwood Park Zoo is home to a pair of giraffes. Visitors have an opportunity to hand-feed these amazing creatures during their stay. 

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Turtle Creek Golf Course

With more than 50 area courses, Montgomery County is a haven for golfers. Our courses have gained national recognition in the pages of Golf Digest, and have hosted some of golf's biggest events, including the 2013 U.S. Open (Merion Golf Club) and the 2015 Professional National Championship (Philadelphia Cricket Club).

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*Perkiomen Trail photo credit Rusty Kennedy for Visit Philadelphia

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