20 Unique Ways to View Fall Foliage
Valley Forge & Montgomery County PA
Fall is a magical time in Valley Forge and Montgomery County. As the leaves change colors, the county is at its most picturesque. But don’t just view the fall foliage, experience it. Here are 20 of our favorite ways to enjoy the beauty of fall in Valley Forge and Montgomery County, Pa.
ON A BIKE RIDE ALONG THE PERKIOMEN TRAIL
At more than 20 miles, the Perkiomen Trail is one of the longest trails in the county, and in fall, it is also one of the most beautiful. The leaves are in full display as the trail climbs Spring Mountain, hugs the Perkiomen Creek and passes through scenic parks.
RIDING THE RAILS ON THE COLEBROOKDALE RAILROAD
Relax and watch as the fall colors pass by during your 90-minute ride through the Secret Valley on the Colebrookdale Railroad. Rides are offered every weekend with additional Autumn Splendor Fall Foliage trains scheduled through peak foliage season.
ON A TROLLEY TOUR OF VALLEY FORGE PARK
Discover the history of Valley Forge Park as you take in the colors of fall on a trolley tour of Valley Forge National Historical Park. Trolley rides are offered Saturdays and Sundays throughout at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. by the Encampment Store at Valley Forge.
FROM THE TOP OF THE GLENCAIRN MUSEUM
The Glencairn Museum is one of the county’s most impressive arts and culture attractions, an architectural gem housing one of the largest collections of religious art in the world. A highlight of every tour – especially in fall – is the ride to the top of the tower, one of the highest points in the county, which offers breathtaking views as far as Philadelphia and Trenton to the east.
HIKING MOUNT JOY (OR MOUNT MISERY)
Valley Forge National Historical Park offers a pair of hikes that offer breathtaking views as a reward. Scenic vistas can be found near the tops of both Mounty Joy and Mount Misery, offering sweeping views of Valley Forge and the fall foliage.
PADDLING ON THE SCHUYLKILL RIVER
The mighty Schuylkill River is a vital part of Montgomery County, and when the leaves begin to change, it is also unmatched in its beauty. Port Providence Paddle offers canoe and kayak rentals and tours to make it easy to spend an afternoon on the water.
FROM A HOT AIR BALLOON
Experience the autumn colors from high above with a hot air balloon ride from the U.S. Hot Air Balloon Team. Balloons take off from Pottstown and carry riders across the beautiful countryside of western Montgomery County for an unforgettable experience.
WHILE ENJOYING A ROMANTIC DINNER
Indulge in a romantic dining among the scenic beauty of Montgomery County. Enjoy an evening on the porch at Woodside Lodge overlooking Spring Mountain, reserve a table by the large picture windows at Savona, or look out across one of Montgomery County’s 54 golf courses in their fall brilliance at one of our country club dining options.
STROLLING THROUGH SKIPPACK VILLAGE
Of all the Main Streets in Montgomery County, the countryside feel of Skippack Village may be the coolest place to explore in fall. Discover the unique stores, restaurants and businesses as you stroll the streets of this small town.
ON A DRIVE THROUGH THE COUNTRYSIDE
The backroads of Montgomery County offer peeks at the foliage that you can’t get anywhere else. Whether driving around the Main Line or in the western countryside, beautiful views are never far away.
BOATING ACROSS GREEN LANE RESERVOIR
During the last two weeks of September, take a fall foliage boat ride across the Green Lane Reservoir in northwestern Montgomery County. These guided pontoon boat tours include amazing views and a narrated history of the region and lake.
HORSEBACK RIDING IN EVANSBURG STATE PARK
Experience the season as George Washington did more than 200 years ago – by horseback – as you explore the 15 miles of trails in Evansburg State Park. Red Buffalo Ranch offers guided horseback rides into the park tailored to riders of all skill levels.
ZIPLINING AT SPRING MOUNTAIN
Fall gets a shot of adrenaline with Canopy Tours at Spring Mountain Adventures. The colors of the leaves become a blur as you fly past on ziplines, but be sure to take time to appreciate the scenery after completing each of the obstacles along the challenging course. Reservations are always required.
DURING YOUR ROUND OF GOLF
Montgomery County’s 54 golf courses provide a quiet escape year-round, but there is something special about playing a course when the leaves begin to change and there’s a cool breeze in the air.
EXPLORING A HISTORIC SITE
Many of the historic homes and locations along Patriot Trails are not just museums, but true recreation destinations. Walk the 42 acres of Graeme Park or stroll the Governor’s Trail at Pennypacker Mills. The vibrant foliage at Hope Lodge during the annual Whitemarsh Encampment provides a real treat.
FROM THE OBSERVATION DECK AT FORT WASHINGTON STATE PARK
The 495 acres of Fort Washington State Park offer hiking and biking trails, disc golf, fishing and scenic picnic areas, but the best way to experience the foliage is from the observation deck. The ADA-accessible deck overlooks the park, Montgomery County and all the scenic beauty of the region.
EXPLORING THE SCHUYLKILL RIVER TRAIL
Connecting Montgomery County with Philadelphia, the Schuylkill River Trail is a recreation destination. The trail runs uninterrupted from Phoenixville to the city with some on-road sections between Pottstown and Phoenixville. But the whole trail offers incredible views of the foliage along the water.
WALKING THE PATHS OF MORRIS ARBORETUM
Located on the border of Montgomery County and Philadelphia, the Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania is one of the most beautiful open spaces in the area. While the summer flowers fall out of bloom, the colors on the maples, dogwoods, oaks and other trees take center stage in fall.
RIDING THE JOSEPH PLUMB MARTIN TRAIL IN VALLEY FORGE
The five-mile loop of the Joseph Plumb Martin Trail connects many of the most historic and scenic points at Valley Forge National Historical Park. Take a ride (or walk) along the trail and see the park’s monuments framed in the colors of autumn.
BIRD WATCHING AT MILL GROVE
Seven miles of trails wind through the John James Audubon Center at Mill Grove, the first American home of the namesake artist, author and naturalist. It is one of the county’s best bird watching locations and a great place to experience the fall foliage along the Perkiomen Creek.
DURING YOUR WEEKEND GETAWAY
No matter how you enjoy the fall foliage, enjoy it at your pace and make it a weekend with a stay at one of more than 75 hotels in Valley Forge and Montgomery County, Pa.