Audubon Loop

CYCLE PHILADELPHIA, SIGHTSEEING & KIDS RIDE, AUDUBON LOOP The Audubon Loop bike ride takes you through the Lower Perkiomen Valley Park and, as the name implies, the John James Audubon Center at Mill Grove. Mostly flat save for a couple of hills (including one nine percent grade incline), the loop is an excellent four mile addition to an afternoon ride on the Schuylkill River Trail. Of course, it also stands alone if you wish to explore the museum or some of the Audubon bird sanctuaries. The bike ride takes you counter clockwise – certainly the easier route. If you are looking for a better challenge or some practice with hills, reverse the directions to ride clockwise. You’ll start out at the intersection between the SRT, the Perkiomen Trail, and the Audubon Loop. To go the easy way, head up the switchback towards Pawlings Road. To tackle the more challenging route, pedal straight ahead – towards the Lower Perkiomen Valley Park. Assuming you do not wish to climb a nine percent grade, then you have picked the easy way towards Pawlings Road. From here you will make a left over the bridge and follow Audubon Loop (marked on the path itself as ‘AL’). You’ll travel alongside Pawlings Road for about a mile, passing a few bird observation areas and eventually the John James Audubon Center at Mill Grove (1201 Pawlings Road). The sanctuary grounds are open from 7am until dusk. After the left at Audubon Road, you’ll soon pass a smoke stack that dates back to the mid-19th century copper and lead ore mining activities at Mill Grove. The sign near the stack notes that over 1,500 tons of lead was mined in here between 1813 and 1825! You’ll hit the steep grade and continue to follow the path until Egypt Road. The path becomes an awkward sidewalk along the bridge. Follow the sidewalk over the bridge and make a left afterwards. The sidewalk ends, but there will be a barrier between you and the road to make you feel secure. The entrance to the Lower Perkiomen Valley Park can be easy to miss – look for the red sign and parking lot. Once back on the path, you’ll take a right to pedal through the park. Stop here for a drink at the water fountains or a quick game of tetherball. When you leave the park, you’ll come to a fork. Bear right to pick up the Schuylkill River Trail (the pavement will be painted ‘SRT’) and follow the switchback over the bridge. Continue straight and you’ll find yourself at the familiar Pawlings Road switchback. Bear right to head towards the parking lot, left to head towards Valley Forge. FOOD AND DRINK A few water fountains welcome you to the Lower Perkiomen Valley Park, but, if you intend to stay on the loop, then plan to bring some snacks for a picnic. ACCESS The best mode of travel to Audubon Loop is your bicycle! It meets the Schuylkill River Trail at Valley Forge and the start of the Perkiomen Trail. Of course if you have to drive, you’ll find parking at the Pawlings Road trail head.
Ride type:
Sightseeing
Mountain biking
Road riding
Commuter
Kid friendly
Rail Trail
Difficulty: Easy (Blue)
Ride Duration: <1 hr
Fitness Level: Low
Terrain:
Shared Bike Path - Paved
Shared Bike Path - Dirt
On-Road Bike Lane
On-Road
Off-Road - Fire Trail
Off-Road - Rail Trail
Off-Road - Single Track
Off-Road - Downhill
Trail Signage: Good
Estimated Distance (Kms): 6.59
Services:
Water
Food
First Aid
Toilets
Bike hire facilities
Carparking
Bike servicing
Accessible by bike
Accessible by car
Accessible by public transport
Accessible by shuttle / uber
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