Hiking is a great way to immerse yourself in nature, get a good workout in, and recharge your batteries. And lucky for those of us here in Montgomery County, there’s almost 100 miles of trails to explore. Each one has something special to offer.
But if you are new to hiking, picking the right trail can be difficult. That’s why we’ve come up with four easy treks that will ease you into the world of outdoor adventure. Check out one of these great easy hiking trails for beginners in Montgomery County.
Remember, please continue to practice social distancing and check the status of your trail before heading out.
The Audubon Loop Trail
The Audubon Loop Trail is an excellent trail for an easy weekend hike. This paved trail takes you through the home of author and wildlife artist John James Audubon and Lower Perkiomen Valley Park. There are a few steep sections along the trail, but easily manageable. If you are looking to extend your hike, the Audubon Loop Trail also connects to the Schuylkill River Trail and the Perkiomen Trail to form a 6-mile loop. Make sure to look for birds, deer, ducks and other animals on your journey!
Joseph Plumb Martin Trail in Valley Forge National Historical Park
5-mile inner loop
The Joseph Plumb Martin Trail is the perfect hike for history buffs! Named for the Continental Soldier who camped at Valley Forge, this trail connects a number of the park’s historic sites, including the National Memorial Arch. While this trail is paved, some sections are hilly and generally not shaded. The trail is easily accessible from the main visitor center parking lot. If you are looking for a bigger challenge, this trail connects to several other park trails.
Explore a new part of Montgomery County on the Skippack Trail. This paved trail is part of the popular Pekiomen Trail and can take you in the direction of the town of Skippack or towards Evansburg State Park. Part of the trail follows Skippack Creek and sections of the trail are shaded.
Cross County Trail
The Cross County Trail is a spur off of the Schuylkill River Trail in Conshohocken. Currently, the trail heads north for three miles before ending in Plymouth Meeting. Planned extensions on the trail will make it 17 miles in length, passing through Fort Washington and into Willow Grove.