It’s the perfect weather to go on a hot air balloon ride, swing and zipline through the trees, or motivate yourself to go on a hike. Enjoy the early fall weather outside while you can and check some of Montco’s activities off your bucket list!
Your Guide to Hiking and Biking
Whether you’re a beginner, dabble in hiking or biking, or are an expert, there are trails for you in your county. Let us lay it out for you based on skill level and popular trails so you can pick which adventure is best for you!
The Beloved Delaware Canal Towpath
Walk on the flat and easy towpath through Bucks, Montgomery, and Philadelphia counties to explore the area around you! The towpath is 60 miles in length and is pet friendly. It’s the perfect start for a beginner for an easy stroll, run, and bike ride.
Cross Country Trail
The multi-use trail begins at its junction with the Schuylkill River Trail and proceeds north to its current terminus at Germantown Pike for a length of 3.0 miles. The trail passes by many retail spots, such as the Metroplex shopping center, and it has access to public transportation in Conshohocken and Plymouth Meeting. Go for a bike ride, stop and shop, and continue on your journey!
Fort Washington State Park
The park consists of 493 acres in eastern Montgomery County for the enjoyment of hikers, picnic goers, and anyone looking to enjoy some time in this peaceful historic park. The park gets its name from the temporary fort built by George Washington’s troops in the fall of 1777, prior to heading to Valley Forge. Are you an avid bird watcher? This is a great spot for you to take in the sight of the seasonal migration of raptors from the Observation Deck!
Fort Washington Park
Photo Credit: Pennsylvania DCNR
Off the Beaten Path
The Forbidden Drive in Wissahickon Valley Park
Take a quick drive from Montgomery County to this 10.7- mile trail that got its name when cars were banned from driving on it in the 1920s. Take this out-and-back easy route for a walk, run, or bike ride, through its generally easy trail with a mix of steepness towards the 5-mile mark. Make sure to go see the Thomas Mill Covered Bridge along the way!
For the View
Valley Forge National Historical Park
With 3,600 acres of rolling hills, the Valley Forge National Historical Park offers picturesque views and some original structures that date back to the American Revolutionary War. Sites of the county are connected to Philadelphia through the Schuylkill River Trail on the north side of the park. Beyond views and historic landmarks, the park offers picnic areas, and a six-mile multi-use trail, along with many miles of hiking, biking, and horse trails.
Bikers riding by historic reconstructed cabins
Photo Credit: Visit Philly
Ride Cloud 9
Sky Riders Balloon
Flights from Trappe, Pa
Fly high in the sky in a hot air balloon! This is a great outdoor activity to try, especially as you fly over the foliage of Montgomery County. Fly high enough to see the Philadelphia city skyline and low enough to be right along the tree tops! The flight takes about three hours so pack your camera and bring your adventurous friends for a fun outing!
Hot Air Balloon Ride Among the Trees
Photo Credit: Sky Riders
Lions, Tigers, and Bears? Oh my!
The Elmwood Park Zoo
1661 Harding Blvd, Norristown, PA 19401
Come to a more quaint and equally as fascinating zoo in Montco! Sign up for feeding of either a giraffe or a bison, or both! Go on a carousel ride and get your face painted with your favorite zoo animal of the day. Elmwood is the perfect family fun activity for everyone to enjoy!
Looking for something out-of-the-box and off the ground? Elmwood has something for you. Treetop Adventures features over 50 challenge games and zip lining that covers up to 50 feet in the tree tops. This is the state’s only ropes course with zip lines over animal exhibits! There are various courses to choose from for a variety of abilities. Try one, try them all! Enjoy this outdoor playground with your team, business, family, or solo.
A Course at Treetop Adventures
Photo Credit: Elmwood Park Zoo
Historic Pottstown Carousel
The Carousel At Pottstown
30 West King Street, Pottstown, PA 19464
The Pottstown Carousel is the second oldest operating Philadelphia Toboggan Company wooden carousel in the United States. It took almost 20 years of volunteer time to renovate the historic ride. The area also offers a variety of gift shops that feature an array of souvenir items including t-shirts, ornaments, and Reppert’s candy.
Lights are Up on the Carousel
Photo Credit: The Pottstown Carousel
Philadelphia Ashtanga Yoga
830 Penllyn Blue Bell Pike Suite 3, Blue Bell, Pa 19422
This yoga studio is based on the foundation of the traditional practice of Ashtanga yoga. Whether you are with or without prior experience, there are classes for you! Ashtanga yoga is a method passed from teacher to student, one-on-one. This is implemented in their Mysore-style classes to get the benefits of private instruction and community support in their group settings. Drop in for a class to try your hand at Ashtanga yoga!
Photo Credit: Philadelphia Ashtanga Yoga