Whether you’re a walker, runner, biker, or rollerblader (does that still exist?), there are plenty of local trails in the Philly suburbs for you! In fact, Montgomery, Chester, Bucks, and Delaware counties are packed with trails. Many of them wind along rivers, through popular parks, alongside of highways, and connect our favorite suburbs. Here are a few of our favorites:
1. The Schuylkill Trail is huge, and it even connects with the Perkiomen Trail. Beginning in Philadelphia and running up to Oaks, the trail winds alongside of the Schuylkill River and is currently being expanded. One of our favorite spots is running through the trail in Valley Forge Park – it’s gorgeous! It’s a pretty popular spot on the weekends, but you’ll still have a ton of room to yourself, whether your run, bike or walk! Most of it is paved and flat.
2. The Perkiomen Trail is a scenic 20-mile stretch from Oaks to Green Lane (it ends at the stunning Green Lane Park). Winding through some of the most tranquil suburbs, the Perkiomen Trail offers mostly crushed stone with a few paved sections. Like the Schuylkill Trail, the Perkiomen Trail really only gets busy on the weekends — but don’t worry, you’ll have plenty of room to yourself. It’s generally flat with a few really challenging hills in Green Lane.
3. Alongside the new 202 corridor is the 202 Parkway Trail! Connecting Montgomeryville, Warrington, and Doylestown, the 9-mile trail weaves you from Montgomery County to Bucks County on a nice paved, flat surface. We haven’t seen this one get too popular yet, as it is quite new – so expect a lot of room to yourself!
4. The Chester Valley Trail offers 14 miles of asphalt from Exton Park until a few steps before King of Prussia Mall. The scenic route takes you through beautiful Tredyffrin and some of the most popular real estate in the region! This trail can be popular at times, and for good reason!
5. The Delaware Canal Towpath was named one of the area’s best bike trails for a reason! The gravel trail reaches from Bucks County all the way into New Jersey, and offers 11 different options of loop length and distance. With 60 total miles and some gorgeous scenery through Washington Crossing and Lambertville, you’re sure to love the views!