Valley Forge & Montgomery County
The fall-winter regimen of indoor exercise is giving way to days that are ripe for outdoor cardio in Montgomery County. Here are some of our best opportunities for some strength training under springtime's strengthening sun.
A solo or small-group ride can be invigorating (and healthful) as well. Montgomery County has 91 miles of trails for biking. See our Montgomery County trails page for a list of our favorites.
325 W. Main Street
Trappe, PA 19426
It's time to rescue your bike from its storage in the garage or shed. Get it to Bikesport (Trappe) for a two-wheeler tune-up and while there, sign up for a group ride. Distances range from easy to advanced, and the multi-rider setting adds a level of companionship.
SUBURBAN CYCLIST UNLIMITED
Suburban Cyclists Unlimited (Horsham) makes extensive use of Montgomery County's network of premier trails to offer rides for all ages and stages. Distances can range from just a few miles to some serious travel. For the true fitness geeks, the club hosts a Very Intensive Climbing Unit challenge, which rises 5,750 feet over its course.
VALLEY FORGE REVOLUTIONARY 5-MILE RUN®
Valley Forge National Historical Park
The Valley Forge Revolutionary 5-Mile Run® will definitely get your pulse pounding. The April 17 event in Valley Forge National Historical Park offers three levels of participation: the five-mile, USATF-sanctioned race; a three-mile scenic walk; and a 1.776 km Young Patriots Fun Run. Registrations are available only online.
AMBLER AREA RUNNING CLUB
P.O. Box 204
Springhouse, PA 19477
The Ambler Area Running Club caters to serious athletes looking to train for long distances, as well as novice and recreational runners who just want to get in some local mileage. The club's calendar is filled with free "Fun Run" dates, many of which include tips and techniques beforehand and a chance for a beverage and a bite afterward.
BRYN MAWR RUNNING CLUB
Formed in 1996, the Bryn Mawr Running Club (BMRC) is one of the largest running clubs in the Philadelphia area. BMRC supports all members, regardless of level, helping them set, meet and exceed goals. But underpinning all the training is the advice to simply "...have a good time running!"
The health benefits of yoga are even more compelling in the great outdoors. The embrace of the warming sun, caress of a gentle breeze and sound of birdsong augment the strength training inherent in every session. Pop-up outdoor yoga classes are numerous throughout Montgomery County each spring, including:
- The John James Audubon Center at Mill Grove - Tuesday evenings
- Maple Acres Farm (Plymouth Meeting) - Wednesday evenings
- Maschellmac Office Complex (King of Prussia) - Tuesday evenings, hosted by the King of Prussia Business Improvement District (KOP-BID) with a happy hour afterward.
Strength, endurance, balance, agility and some strategic thinking are all part of tacking a ropes course. Plus, there's the "wheee" factor of using ziplines to move from challenge to challenge. We've got excellent courses for all ages:
ELMWOOD PARK ZOO
1661 Harding Blvd
Norristown, PA 19401
The 70 challenges of Elmwood Park Zoo's Treetop Adventures take place 50 feet off the ground, while offering the only location in Pennsylvania where ziplines traverse animal exhibits. The appropriate age range is very wide, from children (as tall as 36 inches and up) to adults. A nighttime option uses headlamps to ramp up the thrill-factor.
SPRING MOUNTAIN ADVENTURES
757 Spring Mount Rd
Spring Mount, PA 19478
At Spring Mountain Adventures, the canopy tour will make you sweat; it will make you gasp; it will require that you muster all your muscle; and it will make you smile broadly when you finish. It begins with a 535-foot trip up the mountain via chair lift. It ends with a rappel down a rock wall. In between are bridges and zips waiting to be conquered.
Montgomery County has 54 golf courses dotting its picturesque landscape, more than any other neighboring county. A full physical and mental workout is possible in the navigation of 18 holes. A cardio component is easily added by using a pull cart rather than driving.
Montgomery County has 125 public tennis courts, including those at Green Lane Park, Montgomery County Community College, Upper Salford Park and Penn State Abington (Jenkintown). Call ahead to find out details on reservations and hours. Then tag a partner and start swinging.
Get in shape while skimming across Montgomery County's numerous waterways, working those delts, abs, pecs, biceps, triceps and legs - not to mention heart and lungs. Programs are plentiful whether you're a serious rower "oar" a placid paddler.
CONSHOHOCKEN ROWING CENTER
307 Washington St.
Conshohocken, PA 19428
The Conshohocken Rowing Center will launch a beginner interest in rowing via its Learn-to-Row summer program for adults. Classes are Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. throughout July and August. If that's too far off for fitness buffs looking for a new sport to try, two-hour lessons are available for individuals and groups.
UPPER MERION BOAT CLUB
The Upper Merion Boat Club (Bridgeport) is a member organization that frequents the Schuylkill River near Valley Forge National Historical Park. A typical club row is about 6.5 miles total. The group also hosts the annual King's Head Regatta each fall. Interested students and adults can contact the organization for membership information.
PHILADELPHIA CANOE CLUB
4900 Ridge Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19128
Philadelphia Canoe Club (PCC) has been in existence since 1905 and is a dedicated group of canoeists and kayakers. All club trips, training, and events are open to the public, and do not require membership. PCC runs a number of excursions that begin and end at the scenic Pottstown Riverfront Park, offering excellent views from the Schuylkill River.
KAYAKS & CONOE RENTALS
For a more leisurely outing, try a rentable kayak or canoe at:
- The John James Audubon Center at Mill Grove
- Port Providence Paddle (Phoenixville)
- Green Lane Boat Rental (Green Lane)
If you've got your own equipment, put-in spots are plentiful across Montgomery County for access to the Schuylkill River and the Perkiomen Creek.
Ever wanted to go back to the days of when you were on a team? Check out these springtime teams in Montgomery County where adults can get some exercise - and also be kids again:
- West Norriton Co-ed Softball (new members are being wait-listed, but patient players can gain a spot)
- Competitive Edge Sports: basketball and volleyball
- BucksMont Indoor Sports Center: men's flag football and adult soccer
- The Athletic Base Ball Club of Philadelphia, where the rules reflect the way the game was played in the 1860s. Games are frequently scheduled in Montgomery County's historical sites, such as Pennypacker Mills and Pottsgrove Manor.