Top Ways to Get Outdoors in 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.
10 Outdoor Activities in Montgomery County, PA
TAKE TO THE WATER
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. Click here to learn more.
EXPLORE VALLEY FORGE AT YOUR PACE
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. Click here to discover Valley Forge Park.
HIT THE TRAILS
Nearly 60 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. Click here for more trails.
TAKE ON A ZIPLINING CHALLENGE
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 exhiliarating canopy tour from May into November. You can get a birds-eye view of the Elmwood Park Zoo at the Treetop Adventure Park Philadelphia, a series of ziplines and rope challenges high above the animals. Click here to learn more.
SOAR IN A HOT AIR BALLOON
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. Our blog took to the sky last summer. Click here to read the story.
DINE AL FRESCO
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. Click Here.
FIND A NEW FISHING SPOT 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. Click Here.
GO FOR A HORSEBACK RIDE
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.
FEED THE BISON AT THE ZOO
Get an up-close-and-personal look at America's largest land animals at the Elmwood Park Zoo's Bison Experience. Zoo-goers can hand-feed these amazing creatures from the feeding deck. More excitement awaits at the zoo, including a zipline course, brand new carousel and, in the summertime, a chance to meet a pair of giraffes.
PLAY 18 HOLES AT A MONTCO GOLF COURSE With more than 40 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). Click here to discover some of our favorite courses.
*Perkiomen Trail photo credit Rusty Kennedy for Visit Philadelphia