Upper Schuylkill River Trail
ElevationAscent: 76' 23 m
Descent: -71' -22 m
High: 147' 45 m
Low: 104' 32 m
GradeAvg Grade: 2% (1°)
Max Grade: 7% (4°)
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“A short trail along the Schuylkill River connecting Lock 60 Park and Upper Schuylkill Valley Park.”— Jeff Menaker
This trail follows the Schuylkill River on the Montgomery County side of the river. From the parking area at Lock 60 Park, cross the small footbridge over the canal and turn left. Go past the gate and follow a small footpath upriver.
In the beginning, this will be a grassy path. Along your left there will be the remnants of moorings for the canal and an older generating station. At the upriver end of the canal is Black Rock Dam, which is about 1/3 mile into the route.
Depending on river levels, it may be difficult to proceed beyond the dam. Normally, the far right edge of the dam is exposed and passable. From here, the trail becomes more gravel/rock bed and narrower with a few spots of mud and small water crossings. At the upriver end of the trail, you'll come to Upper Schuylkill Valley Park and Wildlife Center operated by Montgomery County. There is also a picnic and parking area here.
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Land Manager: Montgomery County Pennsylvania - Parks