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Best Places to Bike in the Philadelphia Area

by Ashley Cerasaro

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Next time you borrow an AVE Citizen folding bike, explore one of these trails in the Philadelphia area, as recommended by our very own AVE team members.

Ridley Creek State Park

Encompassing more than 2,500 acres of Delaware County woodlands and meadows, this gently rolling park is only 16 miles from Center City, Philadelphia. A 5-mile, paved, multi-use trail along Sycamore Mills and Forge roads is designated for bicyclists, joggers, walkers, and cross-country skiers. Park in lots #7, #11, #15, and #17 for best access.

Schuylkill River Trail

This multi-use trail in Southeastern Pennsylvania is currently more than 60 miles – a projected length of 130 when completed – including a 26-mile stretch from Philadelphia to Phoenixville. There is a 6-mile Chester County segment that runs from just outside Phoenixville in Cromby to Parkerford. The trail breaks off in Parkerford and picks up again in Pottstown where it continues for about 20 miles to Reading.

Valley Forge National Historical Park

The site of the Continental Army’s winter encampment in 1777-1778, this park commemorates the perseverance of the troops and their commitment to fight for freedom. It also contains 21 miles of authorized biking trails. The 6.6-mile, paved Joseph Plumb Martin Trail on the south side of the park connects key historic and interpretive sites. On the north side, 2 miles of the paved, regional Schuylkill River Trail run through the park, with connections to sites in Montgomery County and Philadelphia. There also are 12 miles of flat, unpaved biking trails. The park offers 2-hour guided bike tours, departing from the Visitor Center for $10 per person. Call 610-783-1074 for more information.

Wissahickon Valley Park

Wissahickon’s steep, wooded trails offer the ultimate mountain biking experience. While all types of bikes are allowed on Forbidden Drive, Philadelphia Parks & Recreation requires those using the upper trails to secure a trail permit.

Skippack Trail

Traversing the township of Skippack, this 3.3-mile asphalt trail’s western end begins at the Perkiomen Trail. From there, it follows the Perkiomen Creek for ½ mile before heading east past a residential area. About 2 miles in, the trail splits, one branch heading north to the Village of Skippack, the other offers expansive landscapes ending near Evansburg State Park. Park in Palmer Park, just north of the trail off Heckler Road.

Perkiomen Trail

This 19.5-mile, multi-use trail passes through a varied landscape, featuring town centers, parks, and rural areas, and parallels scenic Perkiomen Creek for much of its route. Most of the trail is surfaced with cinder and packed gravel, with some paved segments. One highlight is near the southern end where the trail meets up with the Schuylkill River Trail. Here you can experience Valley Forge National Historic Park.

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