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 nearly 100 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!

Trail Alerts
Trail Challenge
Guidelines and Application for Special Use Permit

Update on the Mather Mill Storm Damaged Area (Restorative Vegetation Re-Growth & New Native Plantings)

The County is working on a fall or spring (2023) planting schedule and implementation plan for when the appropriate funding is secured to commence the final stage of site restoration. 

It is important to remember this site will remain as open space and there are no plans for development on any of these parcels.

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    Local Historic Homes Offer Holiday Tours & Events

    Montgomery County Parks, Trails, and Historic Sites invites the public to attend upcoming holiday events and tours hosted at its historic sites throughout the remainder of November and December.
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    Green Lane Park Announces November Educational Programs

    Montgomery County’s Green Lane Park will host three educational programs in November.
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    Pottsgrove Manor Welcomes Dan Graham to Share Iron History

    Iron researcher and author, Dan Graham, presents on the historic origins of the Pennsylvania iron industry, through the story of Thomas Rutter this Saturday, November 5, 2022, at 1 p.m., at Pottsgrove Manor.
  4. Green Lane Park Fall Foliage View

    Green Lane Park to Host Fall Foliage Ramble on October 29

    Green Lane Park will host a “Fall Foliage Ramble” on Saturday, October 29, 2022, beginning at 1 p.m. Join us for a stroll on the beautiful Blue Trail as we investigate the wonders of fall leaves and their seasonal transformation.
  5. Photo of a George Washington reenactor at the Peter Wentz Farmstead.

    “Washington in Worcester” Exhibit Now Open at Peter Wentz Farmstead

    The Peter Wentz Farmstead is pleased to announce the opening of its brand-new exhibit, “From Home to Headquarters: Washington in Worcester” running September 30 through November 29.
  6. Hay Ride Pennypacker Mills

    Pennypacker Mills Announces All Hallows’ Eve Fall Festival

    Join the fun on Saturday, October 15, from 1 to 4 p.m. as Pennypacker Mills celebrates Halloween with hayrides around the meadow, kid-crafts, pumpkin painting, hay pile jumping, a bean bag toss game, and seasonal refreshments.
  7. Green Lane Park Bird and Wildlife Festival

    Upper Perkiomen Bird and Wildlife Festival Returns to Green Lane Park

    Montgomery County’s Green Lane Park will host the 11th Annual Upper Perkiomen Bird and Wildlife Festival on Saturday, September 24, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  8. Mansion from the Meadow

    Pennypacker Mills to Host Edgar Allen Poe Porch Performance

    Visitors are invited to Pennypacker Mills on October 1, 2022 for this year’s final Porch Performance, Edgar Allen Poe: Readings from Virginia Poe.
  9. Civil War reenactment at Peter Wentz Farmstead

    Peter Wentz Farmstead Announces Upcoming Civil War Themed Weekend

    The Civil War is coming to the Peter Wentz Farmstead on September 17 and 18, 2022! Visitors are invited to experience how the War affected society from both a military and civilian perspective.
  10.  butterfly at Upper Schuylkill Valley Park

    Upper Schuylkill Valley Park Announces Butterfly Celebration

    The public is invited to Upper Schuylkill Valley Park on Saturday, August 27 from 10 a.m. to Noon celebrate a beautiful little insect, the butterfly!
  11. Living History Interpreter Powder Horns

    Visitors Invited to Learn About the Past this Summer at Pottsgrove Manor

    Visitors of all ages are invited to take part in the games and amusements of colonial Pennsylvania and learn more about the museum with events at Pottsgrove Manor throughout the summer.
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    Pennypacker Mills Announces Summer Happenings

    The public is invited to Pennypacker Mills, the historic mansion home of former Pennsylvania Governor Samuel W. Pennypacker to attend upcoming summer programs at the historic site.
  13. Peter Wentz Farmstead&#39s Colonial Camp 2022

    Peter Wentz Farmstead Now Accepting Registrations for Kids Colonial Camp July 11-15, 2022

    This year’s Colonial Camp will run from July 11-15, 2022 from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in Lansdale. Each day, living historians will lead campers through hands-on demonstrations of historical crafts, like calligraphy, ceramics, woodworking, and more.
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    Pottsgrove Manor Invites Community to Two Juneteenth Programs

    The public is invited to join Pottsgrove Manor for a Juneteenth Book Club and lecture on Saturday, June 18, 2022 to honor the history of the black experience in America.
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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.
  17. Green Ribbon Trail Wissahickon

    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.
  18. Mayfair

    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...
  19. Lower Perkiomen Valley park creek

    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...
  20. Man in 18th century clothing shearing a sheep

    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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