Bike miles of trails
With nearly 60 miles of trails in Montgomery County, Pa., October is prime time to pedal through our impressive pathways. Two of the standouts are the Perkiomen Trail and the Schuylkill River Trail. On the former, cyclists can enjoy the sight of a flurry of brilliant maple leaves landing gently on the flowing Perkiomen Creek. On the latter, the wide vistas of Valley Forge National Historical Park — from its open grassland to its hilly rises — are transformed into real-time picture postcards of fall beauty.
Get out on the Water
Viewing a tree line that hugs a waterway in the fall doubles the spectacle, as the leaves are reflected in the calm, glassy surfaces. Paddle your own kayak or canoe on any of our picturesque passages and enjoy the panorama. Boating is encouraged at Green Lane Park, Evansburg State Park and the Perkiomen Creek. Port Providence Paddle offers kayak, canoe and tube rentals for trips down the Schuylkill River, the longest trips taking you to Valley Forge National Historical Park and back.
Red Buffalo Ranch provides guided trail rides on horseback through the 3,500 acres of Evansburg State Park. Trails are custom chosen to suit riders of all experience levels, but all routes feature the sound of hooves clip-clopping through crunchy fallen leaves. Green Lane Park (pictured) and Valley Forge National Historical Park also offer scenic trails for self-guided rides.
Hit the Links
Duffers who lose a shot in a pile of reddish-brown oak leaves may not cheer the change in seasons, but despite the effect on a score, the colorful view from a golf cart is a pleasantry unavailable any other time of year. The layout of Raven's Claw Golf Club and Turtle Creek Golf Course are particularly recommendable from the viewpoint of autumn's awe; the fairways and greens are nestled among lush groves of trees that turn fiery in the October sun.
It may be difficult to appreciate gold-tinged poplar leaves when they speed by in a blur, but there's no denying the thrill of ziplining in autumn. The canopy tours at Spring Mountain Adventures send visitors flying through the forest alongside a 535-foot mountain, with challenging obstacles along the way to really bump up the cardio.