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Philadelphia and Montgomery Co. Schuylkill River Trail

Long Awaited Completion of a Vital County Bicycle Commuter and Recreational Trail

Campbell Thomas & Co. designed twelve miles of this twenty-five mile bikeway that links Independence Hall in Philadelphia to George Washington’s Headquarters in Valley Forge National Park.
The Philadelphia to Valley Forge Bikeway trail concept was originally proposed in the 1970’s by the Sierra Club as a way to reclaim neglected and abandoned lands along the Schuylkill River and to encourage bicycle commuter travel.
By the 1990, two sections of the trail, located in Norristown and Conshohocken, and both situated in Montgomery County, had never been completed. Inconveniently, bicyclists and trail users had to be diverted onto busy urban streets.
Campbell Thomas & Co. was once again retained to design these last two portions of the trail as funding and necessary approvals were obtained.
To entice commuter use of the bikeway, Campbell Thomas & Co. designed the bike trail to compliment the existing regional transportation network. The bikeway connects with the SEPTA suburban regional rail system at the Shawmont, Miquon, Spring Mill, Conshohocken and Mogees stations and passes through the Norristown Transportation Center. In addition the Trail now links with the Perkiomen Trail just north of Valley Forge National Historical Park