Parks, Trails, & Historic Sites

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Mission Statement

To provide the premier system of natural, recreational and historical sites within the County by presenting unique and exceptional opportunities for visitor experiences that encourages a strong understanding and respect for the County’s ecological and cultural resources.


Montgomery County Parks, Trails, and Historic Sites offer wonderful opportunities for residents and visitors to enjoy various natural resources, participate in educational and recreational opportunities, and appreciate our historic past. Whether you are a bike enthusiast, a lover of antiques, or just want a quiet space for a family picnic, there is something for you throughout our facilities. You may be surprised at all there is to experience from our premiere sites…

Montgomery County owns and/or manages more than 6,000 acres of public open space which includes nine parks, five historic sites, and over sixty miles of regional trails. These areas include over 125 historic and non-historic structures, playgrounds, a fish ladder, a working historic canal lock, a wildlife center, and an archives/artifact collection of over 53,000 pieces. Our parks, trails, and historic sites combined are enjoyed by over 1.5 million visitors each year. Park lands include fishing opportunities, environmental education programs, hiking, boat rentals, pavilions, and more. Our trail systems and connections have been noted as some of the finest trails in the country, with the goal of all Montgomery County residents being no further than a few miles from their home to a trail experience. The historic sites preserve such things as the collection of a Pennsylvania governor, a Pennsylvania German farmstead, a colonial ironmaster’s home and the first American home of John James Audubon, a National Landmark. Each location throughout the county offers something unique! You will want to visit these locations again and again.

ALL COUNTY PARKS, TRAILS & HISTORIC SITES ARE NOW SMOKE FREE.  NO SMOKING (INCLUDING VAPORIZERS) OF ANY KIND IS ALLOWED.

The Division of Parks, Trails, and Historic sites works with a local citizen Advisory Board as well as many local agencies and partners in order to carry out our goals. To further assist you, please feel free to contact each site location with your specific requests or questions. If you are unsure whom to contact, please call or e-mail the main office during weekdays to be directed to the correct person or site. We look forward to making your visit memorable!

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Update on Tree Removal in the Mather Mill Area (Intersection of Bethlehem Pike and 73)

As part of the cleanup from the remnants of Hurricane Ida, trees and debris are being removed from the Mather Mill area on County-owned property at the intersection of Bethlehem Pike and 73. Arborists are working to remove uprooted and damaged trees that are not likely to survive given the levels of damage they have sustained. This work is being done is in the interest of public safety for users of the park, as well as to prevent damage to bridges and other structures that cross nearby waterways.

We realize the removal of the trees has caused some concerns for the future of this site. The County and its contractor are working with Whitemarsh Township and other environmental groups to plan for timely future site work which will include new tree plantings and considerations for stormwater runoff. It is important to note this site will remain as open space and there are no plans for development or construction on any of these parcels.

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    Green Lane Park Summer Concert Series Sponsored by PECO Starts This Weekend

    Green Lane Park announced it will kick off its 2022 Summer Concert Series this weekend. Visitors are invited to attend these live open-air performances on Sunday evenings from 6-8 p.m.
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    Pennypacker Mills Announces June Events

    Looking for new and exciting events for the whole family to enjoy? Pennypacker Mills is the place! Check out the upcoming events being held in June.
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    7th Annual Montco Trail Challenge Returns

    Montgomery County announced the return of the Montco Trail Challenge for its seventh year. This annual family-friendly program encourages participants to track their visits to select County trails to earn awards.
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    Pottsgrove Manor to Welcome Spring at Annual Colonial Mayfair

    The public is invited to visit Pottsgrove Manor for their special event, the Annual Colonial Mayfair, to celebrate the arrival of warm, spring days! Read on...
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    Lower Perkiomen Valley Park Announces Upcoming Spring Events

    Back by popular demand is Orienteering for Beginners and our Digital Scavenger Hunt. Each event will guarantee a great family outing to enjoy the park, nearby trails and the wonderful warmer weather. Read on...
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    Peter Wentz Farmstead Announces Return of their Annual Sheep Shearing Day

    Join the Peter Wentz Farmstead for the return of their annual Sheep Shearing Day on Saturday, April 23 from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Read on...
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    Montgomery County Extends “Code Blue” Cold Weather Declaration to March 29, 2022

    A “Code Blue” is declared when winter conditions pose a threat of serious harm or death to people without shelter. Read on...
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    Green Lane Park Announces April Events

    Green Lane Park has announced its upcoming events for April. The public is encouraged to register to attend these upcoming family-friendly events. Read on...
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    Norristown Farm Park Announces March Events

    Montgomery County's Norristown Farm Park has released their upcoming educational and family-friendly events scheduled for March. Read on...
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    Montgomery County Extends “Code Blue” Cold Weather Declaration to February 26, 2022

    A “Code Blue” is declared when winter conditions pose a threat of serious harm or death to people without shelter. Read on...
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    Pennypacker Mills Announces New Exhibit, Stereographing America: A 3-D History of Stereographs

    Starting Tuesday, March 1, visitors are invited to Pennypacker Mills to discover how Victorians entertained their guests with 3-D images using a stereoscope. Read on...
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    Green Lane Park Announces February and March Events

    Green Lane Park announced today its upcoming events in late February and March. The public is encouraged to register to attend these upcoming family-friendly events. Read on...
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    Montgomery County Extends “Code Blue” Cold Weather Declaration to February 16, 2022

    A “Code Blue” is declared when winter conditions pose a threat of serious harm or death to people without shelter. Read on...
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    Pennypacker Mills to Host Talk on Philadelphia Immigrants

    On Saturday, March 5, Pennypacker Mills will host "Ghosts of Immigrants Past," a program to discuss the stories of immigrants who arrived in Philadelphia at Pier 53 between 1873 and 1915. Read on...
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    Montgomery County Extends “Code Blue” Cold Weather Declaration to February 1, 2022

    A “Code Blue” is declared when winter conditions pose a threat of serious harm or death to people without shelter. Read on...
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    Norristown Farm Park Announces February Events

    Montgomery County's Norristown Farm Park has announced upcoming educational and family-friendly events scheduled for February. Read on...
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    Pottsgrove Manor Announces Upcoming Winter Events

    The public is invited to join Pottsgrove Manor for their special events throughout the late winter season. Read on...
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    Montgomery County Extends “Code Blue” Cold Weather Declaration to January 18, 2022

    A “Code Blue” is declared when winter conditions pose a threat of serious harm or death to people without shelter. Read on...
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    Montgomery County Extends “Code Blue” Cold Weather Declaration to January 12, 2022

    A “Code Blue” is declared when winter conditions pose a threat of serious harm or death to people without shelter. Read on...
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    Pennypacker Mills to Host Woodstove Cooking Workshop

    The event will be held on Jan. 22 in the Pennypacker Mills' classroom building. Attendance is limited. Call (610) 287-9349 to reserve your time slot to attend. Masks are required to attend this workshop. Read on...
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