Sunday, April 04, 2010

Enjoy a Mini Vacation on the Schuylkill River/Perkiomen Trail network

On Monday April 5th the Bicycle Coalition will be opening registration for Bike Freedom Valley.

This year each rider will receive a commemorative map that highlights appealing historic sites, popular shops and eateries, and other places of interest along the trail. On your next ride, take the map and go exploring!

And there is a lot of trail to explore. According to Google's Biking Directions the trip from 25th and Locust in Center City and the Green Lane Reservoir is 45.3 miles, with an estimated travel time of 4 hours and 11 minutes . But is it all about riding out and back? What if you wanted to bike the sites at Valley Forge, browse the boutique shops in Skippack Village or fly though the trees on a zip line canopy tour at Spring Mountain.

Fortunately there are several places to stay for every budget, here are some suggestions for places to stay during your extended visit. This list is not exhaustive and we don't endorse any of these lodgings except that they are either adjacent to the trail or there is a reasonably comfortable road connection to the location. Please add your suggestion for other places to stay in the comments section.

You can camp at the north end of the Perkiomen Trail. The campground has 39 sites and is managed by Montgomery County Parks. A best bet if you plan on making the 90 mile round trip.

Hotels - If your carrying plastic instead of a tent:
  • Hampton Inn - Oaks - About a mile off the trail, roads have variable traffic conditions depending on the time of day but it's OK most of the time and it is very quiet on weekend mornings. (Directions)
  • Residence Inn - Conshohocken just a short jog over the RR tracks from the trail on the river. Convenient to the SEPTA R6 Conshohocken Station.
  • Courtyard By Marriott Collegeville - One mile from the Perkiomen Trail via Arcola Rd and College Drive. Arcola Rd has bike lanes and College Drive has light non rush hour traffic. (Directions)
Staying in Phoenixville

Phoenixville is enjoying a downtown renaissance. Located 2 miles from the Schuylkill River Trailhead on Port Providence Rd and served by SEPTA buses, Phoenixville will likely become popular with cyclists once the Trail is finished in Chester County.