There is something about early spring that gets the local crowds in Pennsylvania excited. We love the longer days after a winter cooped up inside, especially since our winters here can be very dark in addition to the bitter coldness. I mean, we absolutely love our snow days (when we do not have to drive anywhere) but there is something magical about the start of spring.
This weekend, we wanted to go for a hike to really soak up the sun and get fresh air. We decided to try out the Perkiomen Trail. The trail itself runs about 20 miles and hugs the route of the Perkiomen Creek from Oaks to the Green Lane Borough. The nickname for this trail is the “Perky” and it utilizes the former rail bed from the Reading Railroad.
When we went for our hike, we really enjoyed that the trail was very distinct and easy to follow. The area that we went on was paved, but there are crushed stone areas too. From our experience hiking in very dense woodsy type regions, this made it more relaxing since there was a clear path to go on. (One time we went on a trail where you really did have to pay attention to the direction that you traveled because the plants basically overgrew it!) For that reason, I would definitely recommend this trail, and it seemed to be a great area for families and people of all ages.
Pennsylvania has so many gorgeous parks and state land regions, and I would highly recommend the Perkiomen Trail if you are looking for a relaxing walk. It meanders through so many historic towns and parks that include Collegeville, Schwenksville, Arcola, Green Lane Park, Central/Lower Perkiomen Valley Parks, and even the John James Audubon Center at Mill Grove.
Let me know in the comments below if you have also visited the Perkiomen Trail and what you thought of it! I hope you have a wonderful day, and remember to click that subscribe button!
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-For Additional Reading
If you are traveling to the Pennsylvania region, and are interested in learning about its history, a really amazing resource is the book “Pennsylvania A History of the Commonwealth” by which is edited by Randall M. Miller and William Pencak. It is so informative, and reviews the history of our state, in addition to the geography, architecture, archaeology, art history, and even stories of folklore and folklife that are specific to this area.
I personally recommend this book if you are planning a trip to Pennsylvania, or even if you are just interested in learning about the state in general. If you would like to check it out, click on the link below!
Another great resource that I think will be a great addition to your travels is “Hiking Waterfalls In Pennsylvania.” It specifically maps out where you can find waterfalls in each area and region of the state. For each waterfall, this book provides maps and directions, trail surface and difficulty, the distance it takes to get to the waterfall, canine compatibility, hiking time, the waterfall height and so much more. I like that there are full-color photos as well of the waterfalls that are provided next to the trail information. This spectacular book provides so much information on Pennsylvania’s gorgeous waterfalls, and shows you where you can find them when you are hiking in our state.
If you are interested in learning more about this book, make sure that you click on the link below!
If you would like to check out the full list of travel books that I recommend make sure that you check out this comprehensive guide!