SCHUYLKILL RIVER TRAIL
Named the "Best Urban Trail" by readers of USA Today and 10Best, the Schuylkill River Trail cuts a path through southern Montgomery County. The trail parallels the Schuylkill River as it winds through Pottstown, Phoenixville (Chester County), Valley Forge, Norristown and Conshohocken on its way to Philadelphia.
Insider tip: There are many rider-friendly places to eat along the trail, including Fitzwater Station near Phoenixville and the Conshohocken Brewing Company.
CHESTER VALLEY TRAIL
The Chester Valley Trail is one of several Montgomery County trails that are still under construction. Currently, it is a 1-mile stretch that crosses I-76 in King of Prussia. A northern extension to Norristown is planned for completion by Spring 2017. Eventually, it will encompass more than 20 miles from Norristown in the north to Downington, Chester County, in the south.
Insider tip: The trail follows the path of the Chester Valley Railroad. Once complete, the northern terminus will be the historic Norristown Freight Station that once served the line.
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 terminating in Plymouth Meeting. Planned extensions on the trail will make it 17 miles in length, passing through Fort Washington and into Willow Grove.
Insider tip: This is one of the most urban trails in Montgomery County, passing through several major shopping centers.
LIBERTY BELL TRAIL
Running 1.5 miles through Hatfield Borough, the Liberty Bell Trail roughly follows the path of the former Liberty Bell Trolley Line. Proposed extensions to the trial would carry it 25 miles from East Norriton Township to Quakertown, Bucks County.
Insider tip: The western end of the trail has plenty of parking and is also home to the Trolley Stop Delicatessen, one of Hatboro's favorite restaurants.
Most of the Pennypack Trail's 2.5 miles are located inside Lorimer Park on Montgmoery County's eastern border with Philadelphia. An additional 3.2 miles are expected to open by the end of 2015 and connect through to Bryn Athyn.
Insider tip: Lorimer Park is also home to Knight's Bridge, a small pedestrian covered bridge that is one of the area's most photographed spots.
Connecting Green Lane Park in the north with Valley Forge National Historical Park in the south, the Perkiomen Trail covers 20 miles of scenic Montgomery County countryside. Collegeville, Schwenksville and Spring Mount are among the historic towns and villages along the trail.
Insider Tip: For out-of-town riders or locals without a ride of their own, Bikesport (located just 1/4 mile from the trail at 325 Main Street, Trappe) offers daily, weekend and weekly rentals on bikes and accessories.
POWER LINE TRAIL
As the name suggests, Horsham's 5-mile Power Line Trail follows the PECO right-of-way through the township. The trail connects many of the township's parks, schools and points of interest, including Deep Meadow Park, Kohler Park, and the Jarret Nature Center.
WISSAHICKON GREEN RIBBON TRAIL
The Wissahickon Trail, also known as the Green Ribbon Trail, is unique in that much of its 20-mile course is walking-only. The dirt path follows the Wissahickon Creek through eastern Montgomery County, passing through Fort Washington State Park. Eventually, it will connect with the Liberty Bell Trail in the north and Philadelphia's Fairmount Park in the east.
Insider tip: Fort Washington State Park was the site of a Revolutionary War encampment prior to Valley Forge. The Wissahickon Trail is multi-use through the park, but there are also 3.5 miles of hiking trails.
The 202 Trail is an eight-mile course from Montgomeryville to Doylestown, Bucks County. The trail is unique in that it parallels US Route 202 with a split-rail fence and grassy strips providing the barrier between drivers and pedestrians.
Insider tip: The southern terminus in Montgomeryville is near a major shopping area with ample parking and lots of dining options.