The Schuylkill River Heritage Area is the birthplace of the movements that shaped the nation, fueled its growth, and reclaimed its future. It was along the banks of this river and its tributaries that the American, Industrial, and Environmental Revolutions were born. Explore the stories, visit the places, and experience the region's vitality by visiting the Schuylkill River Heritage Area.
While the area actually starts above Pottsville and Tamaqua its offices are in Pottstown. The area has a combination of federal and state parks and sights.
The Perkiomen and Unami Creeks flow out of the hills of western Montgomery County through a historically rich and culturally diverse part of the Schuylkill River Heritage Area. You can walk or bike the 19-mile Perkiomen Trail from Green Lane to Valley Forge NHP. At the confluence of the Perkiomen and the Schuylkill is the John James Audubon Center at Mill Grove, the first American home of the acclaimed naturalist and artist.
The Schuylkill Canal in the Village of Mont Clare. The three mile long canal is one of only two stretches of the Schuylkill Navigation System that was not drained in the 1980s and features the only operating canal structure on the River. The Canal offers paddlers a beautiful flat-water experience, and is a leg in a 6-mile river/canal loop for canoeists and kayakers. You can also tour the 1836 Lock tender's House, walk along the historic towpath, or go fishing or birding along the river and canal.
Along the Manatawny Creek is Pottsgrove Manor, the 18th century home of ironmaster John Potts, and one of the finest examples of Georgian architecture in eastern Pennsylvania.
The Skippack Valley is one of fewer than 600 National Natural Landmarks in America. Forbidden Drive is a well traveled biking, walking, and bridle trail that follows the Wissahickon from Manayunk through the Valley
There are also a number of environmental education centers in the area including the Wissahickon Environmental Center at the Andorra Natural Area, Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education in Roxborough, and the Riverbend Environmental Education Center in Conshohocken.
Away from the creek itself you'll find the Peter Wentz Farmstead, an 18th-century farmstead with exceptional faux painted interiors that offers a glimpse into the life and livelihood of rural Pennsylvania Germans. Nearby Evansburg State Park is a wonderful fishing and hiking spot along the Skippack Creek. In the County seat of Norristown you'll find the Norristown Farm Park, and Elmwood Park Zoo, along with the Historical Society of Montgomery County, and Schuylkill River Trail.