Please join me for a fast moderate to brisk paced 6-7 mile hike starting at the “Longford Park and Reynolds Dog Park” in Phoenixville, PA. We will hike along the beautiful Schuylkill River and canal using established trails and wide gravel/paved paths. This is a weekly hike.
Trail conditions permitting, we will walk along the canal and river. Other dryer routes/destinations include the Lower Perkiomen Valley Park, Pawlings Farm in Valley Forge Park-Giant Sycamore Tree, Reeves Park plus public library in Phoenixville, and Friendship Park in northern Phoenixville.
The meeting place is at GPS coordinates[masked], [masked]. The street address is 987 Port Providence Road, Phoenixville, PA 19460. Some maps have “Port Province Trail Head – Schuylkill River Trail.” There are two parking areas. Meet in the south parking lot, away from the fenced-in dog areas. There are modern facilities at the parking area. Meet at 6:30 PM for a start shortly after. The hike will end at approximately 8:45 PM.
I will run this hike in almost any weather condition as long as hiking and car travel to the hike is safe. I will post updates as Meetup comments 90 minutes before the hike plus update the AMC activities database if it is for some reason canceled. Thanks for keeping your Meetup RSVPs up to date.
This hike is rated 3B6 using the AMC-DV hike rating system with the “3” for brisk pace, “B” for carriage trails (possible sections of well-established flat dirt trails) and “6” for 6-mile length. Expect a brisk walk, but I will adjust some to match the group. There are no real hills and maybe, if everyone agrees, one stream crossing on rocks. The good conditions route is dirt with a few roots/rocks, smooth gravel along the canal and pavement along Towpath road for about 1 mile. For wet or muddy conditions, we walk only on gravel paths or paved roads.
Dogs on a leash are allowed. I recommend a collar light or a wide-angle headlamp shining on your pet so they (or the leash) does not get hit by bicyclists or runners who also use this trail at night.
Hiking shoes are recommended, but sneakers should work. An umbrella will work for rainy conditions. You may need a light and should have one just in case.