Pennypack's Trails

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General Information
The Pennypack Trust has ten miles of woodland, meadow and creekside trails for hikers of all levels. You can enjoy the rolling hills and spectacular views of the 160-acre Raytharn Farm on the Raytharn Trail, walk through the old-growth forest on The Peak Trail or enjoy the calming sounds and sights of Pennypack Creek on the Creek Road Trail. Our trails offer excellent opportunities for bird watching, photography, tree and wildflower identification or simply enjoying the fresh air and solitude.

We welcome you to enjoy our trails, but ask that you follow trail rules and designated uses at each trail. These important guidelines are crucial to the protection of the natural beauty and diversity of the Pennypack Preserve, and will enhance the visiting experience of all hikers.


Trail use signs posted at each trailhead will assist you in
using the trails properly, but please follow these general rules:


Pets musts be leashed at all times.
Bicycle and dog walking are restricted to the three multiple-use trails: Creek Road Trail, Pennypack Creek Trail and Pennypack Parkway.
No pets are permitted on any trail except the three listed above.



During the last few years the Trust's stewardship crew has been constructing information kiosks at key trailheads, increasing trail maintenance, installing trail signage, and improving the surfaces of our heavily-used trails. So, proper use of the trails will help us continue to improve all visitors' experiences and keep the Pennypack Preserve an "oasis" of natural beauty.

Our trails are open to the public 7 days a week from 8 a.m. to dusk. Feel free to drop by the office Monday - Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. or the Visitors' Center on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Sunday afternoons to find out more about our trails.

Trail maps (PDF files require a free Adobe Reader.)

View the Main_Trails_Map.pdf. View the Bethayres Trail Map.pdf.

 

 

Trail Descriptions
“Multiple Use” Trails - hiking, biking, horses, pets on leashes; no motorized vehicles

  • Creek Road Trail (1.4 mi.). Wide, level, graveled trail (eroded by flooding in places) through floodplain forest with views of Pennypack Creek, Crossroads Marsh, forest restoration and several historical sites (unmarked).
  • Pennypack Creek Trail (0.5 mi.). Level dirt footpath; may be muddy in the winter and following rains. Floodplain forest, conifer plantations, and creek view.
  • Pennypack Parkway (0.6 mi.). Compacted stone screenings over old roadbed. Floodplain and upland forest, creek view, and ruins of a colonial dam.
“Hiking Only” Trails - foot traffic only; no pets
  • Bethayres Woods Trail (0.9 mi. loop). Dirt footpath. Wetlands near trailhead, mature woodlands and Pennypack Creek overlook in the upper loop. Note: Bethayres Woods is not contiguous with the remainder of the preserve.
  • Management Trail (0.2 mi.). Mowed grass and dirt footpath alongside floodplain forest and meadows.
  • Management Trail Spur (0.05 mi.). Short, mowed grass footpath linking Creek Road and Management Trails.
  • Meadow Crossing (0.2 mi.). Panoramic introduction to Raytharn Farm on a wide grassy footpath.
  • Mitchell Trail (0.4 mi.). Trail begins at the intersection of Huntingdon and Edge Hill Roads on a gentle slope in mature woodland then descends quickly over a rocky outcrop into the valley.
  • Overlook Loop Trail (0.2 mi). Woodland footpath offering panoramic view of the Pennypack Creek valley in winter from rocky knob. Forest restoration in progress.
  • Papermill Road Trail (0.4 mi.). Dirt footpath following old roadbed; western half very steep and rocky. Scenic crossing of Pennypack Creek over second-oldest bridge in Montgomery County, built in 1817.
  • Papermill Woods Trail (0.74 mi.). Trail winds through open meadows and young woodlands as it encircles the headwaters of the cleanest stream in the preserve.
  • Pennypack Trust Headquarters Trail Network. (1.0 mile, total). Wood chips, mowed grass. A series of eight short, interconnected footpaths through the Trust's 25-acre headquarters. Approximately half of the property is wooded, half meadow. Features a visitors' center, restrooms, pond, springhouse, and bird blind.
  • Peak Trail (0.2 mi.). Dirt footpath, rocky near the crest. Trail skirts a rocky knob (“The Peak”), and then winds through the preserve's finest old growth forest.
  • Raytharn Trail (1.3 mi.). Mowed grass. Spectacular sweeping views of the region's topography and the Bryn Athyn Cathedral. Meadow restoration in progress.
  • Rosebush Trail (0.2 mi.). Steep, rocky woodland footpath leading to grassy glade, the site of active forest restoration.
  • Webb Walk (0.3 mi.). Level dirt footpath, some sections of which are uneven and muddy. Wooden footbridges over scenic stream and through wet meadows lead to 18th century springhouse. Impressive display of naturalized spring flowers.

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