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Perkiomen Trail
By Franqui-Ann J. Raffaele, Esq.
hroughout quarantine, many people
used the great outdoors as an escape
to seemingly endless time spent at
home. I have continued to use local parks
and trails as a time to unwind after work and
on the weekends post quarantine. As we enter
the summer, I have been asked to highlight
one of the many local trails and parks at
home in Montgomery County.
One of the most well-known trails in
south-central Montgomery County is the
Perkiomen Trail. The Perkiomen Trail is a
perfect start for individuals looking to get
outside, new hikers, or for families just
looking to get out for a walk. The Perkiomen Trail is a welltraveled,
multi-use trail that spans nearly 20 miles, following the
Perkiomen Creek with trailheads beginning in Oaks and ending
in Green Lane.
The majority of the length of the trail was established on
the former rail bed of the Perkiomen Line of the Reading
Railroad. The trail offers mainly gravel paths with a few paved
portions. The Perkiomen Trail is a unique trail for the area. It
is a connector to many public parks and historic sites. Notably,
the Perkiomen Trail connects to the Lower Perkiomen Valley
and Central Perkiomen Valley parks, Green Lane Park, and the
Skippack Township Trail that leads to the Evansburg State Park,
amongst many others. The trail passes through Collegeville,
Schwenksville, Spring Mount, and Audubon and hits historic
sites like the John James Audubon Center at Mill Grove and
Pennypacker Mills.
Like every other trail and park, there are several rules to
follow as you traverse the Perkiomen. The trail is open from
dawn to dusk. The wide trail is available to walkers, runners,
hikers, and bikers, including both cyclists and mountain biking,
but no motor vehicles. You are free to bring the dog members
of your family, but they must be kept on a leash, and you'll be
responsible for any cleanup. The trail is expansive and open to
many different activities, even in the winter months. Be sure to
be courteous to other trail users and those who are neighbors
to the trail. Respect the private property signs and obey all no
trespassing and stop signs on the trail. As always, when traversing
any trail or visiting any park, whatever you carry into the trail,
carry it out. Keep the trails and parks clean
and please do not litter.
Montgomery County has many beautiful
sights and scenes, most of which can be
captured in one way or another on the
Perkiomen Trail. Parking is located at various
locations throughout the county and further
information on the trail itself can be found
at For trail information,
you should also check out All Trails, an app
available on IOS and Android. Happy hiking!
By Jack Costello
Representation, consultation and expert testimony in
disciplinary matters and matters involving ethical issues,
bar admissions and the Rules of Professional Conduct
James C. Schwartzman, Esq.
* Judge, Court of Judicial Discipline
* Former Chairman, Judicial Conduct Board of Pennsylvania
* Former Chairman, Disciplinary Board of the Supreme Court of
* Former Chairman, Continuing Legal Education Board of the
Supreme Court of Pennsylvania
* Former Chairman, Supreme Court of Pennsylvania Interest on
Lawyers Trust Account Board
* Former Federal Prosecutor
* Selected by his peers as one of the top 100 Super Lawyers in PA
and the top 100 Super Lawyers in Philadelphia
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Philadelphia Ethics and Professional Responsibility Law
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