Having been completed in the year 2003, this trail is 19 miles (31 km) long and the history of Perkiomen Trail dates back over 140 years. Most parts of this trail are currently where the Perkiomen Valley corridor of Reading Railroad was laying many years back. After several years of operation, activities on this particular railroad grinded to a halt.
Some of the reasons that were cited for this were the introduction of the automobile which became the most preferred mode of transport compared to passenger trains, the decline experienced in interest in recreation activities as well as development of suburbs on natural lands. The company that operated the rail line had acquired it in the year 1944.
Perkiomen Trail is composed of sections that are paved while others are covered with gravel and it starts where the Schuylkill River Trail and Valley Forge National Historical Park meet, which is near the mouth of the Perkiomen. The trail then runs along the Perkiomen Creek based in Pennsylvania and finally ends in Green Lane Park.
An easement has been established and this is for the purpose of ensuring that Perkiomen trail remains an open space. This has been made possible through the joint efforts of Montgomery County Lands Trust and the Natural Lands Trust that have put in more than $7 million so far, for the easement to be realized.
Montgomery County acquired the defunct railroad in 1978. Perkiomen Trail is surrounded by a number of municipalities and is your doorway to accessing most of them. These include Upper Salford, Rahns, Green Lane, Oaks, Spring Mount, Collegeville, Arcola, Schwenksville, Yerkes and Graterford. These areas represent scenic parallels of Perkiomen Creek, town centers, rural areas and parks.
There are a whole lot of activities that are suitable on this trail and these are cross country skiing, mountain biking, walking which is common among those who bring their dogs along, biking and horseback riding. Accessing Perkiomen Trail on a wheelchair has also been made possible in a bid to ensure that it is all inclusive.
Other than the fact that this trail passes through a varied landscape, there are other sites that serve as highlights of this trail that are accessible to you. These are the grounds that were a retreat in the winter of 1777 – 1778 for George Washington and the Continental Army, the visitor center, Pennypacker Mills Site in Schwenksville and the Mill Grove Landmark whose base is in Audubon.
This is a wonderful place to retreat to from the hustle and bustle of the city life and for those in the country side, it serves as a perfect picture of comparing both life in the city and in the rural areas and how the two blend in. It is also an alternative route for most commuters who would prefer using it from time to time.
In addition to these, small businesses have also established their presence here, which is a clear indication that Perkiomen Trail is a busy route filled with life every other day, making it a favorite among individuals drawn from different circles.