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Pedal & Paddle: Valley Forge NHP to Norristown

Paddle the Schuylkill from Valley Forge Park to Norristown and then bike back to the Park!


Waivers: You and every person you sign up to participate in this event will need to sign the two waivers listed below. Parents or guardians will need to complete the waiver for anyone under 18 years old. These waivers can be signed electronically and MUST be completed by noon July 5, 2023. If you don’t sign the electronic waivers by this time, you will need to complete them in person on the day of the event. Anyone who doesn’t complete the waiver will not be able to participate.

Click Here to Sign SRG Waiver & Release Form
Click Here to Sign TIO Waiver & Release Form

Event Location: This Pedal & Paddle event will begin from Betzwood Park, located at 1400 S. Trooper Road, Norristown, PA 19403. There will be Schuylkill River Greenways and Take It Outdoors staff helping to direct you. Plan to arrive a few minutes early, to confirm all necessary waivers have been signed.

Event Description: The Pedal & Paddle program is a round-trip adventure, which begins and ends from the same location along the Schuylkill River/Trail. The excursion includes a 4-mile bike ride along the Schuylkill River Trail using cruisers from the free Pottstown-based bike share program. It also includes a group paddle on the Schuylkill River of the same length. A National Park Service ranger will discuss the historical Valley Forge. All gear, certified guides and food are included. Must be 16 or older to participate. All events limited to 15 participants.

What to Bring: All equipment, including bikes, kayaks, paddles and personal flotation devices (PFDs) are provided, and a box dinner will be served. However, it is recommended that you bring the following items.

  • Prefilled water bottle/s with at least 32 ounces of water. For environmental and sanitary reasons, we prefer not to give out disposable water bottles.
  • Sunscreen
  • Insect repellent
  • Hat
  • Water shoes or old sneakers (backless sandals and crocs aren’t recommended)
  • Bike helmet (we do have extras if you don’t have your own)

Any items, such as cellphones or keys that you do not wish to bring on the water with you can be left with staff prior to the start of the event.

Itinerary: Please note all times are approximate.

4:00 – Introduction and bike safety briefing

4:30 – Begin guided paddle down the Schuylkill River

5:30 – Arrive at Norristown River Front Park for dinner and bike safety briefing

6:30 – Leave Norristown River Front Park with a 4.5 Mile bike ride to return to Betzwood Park

7:30 – Arrive back at Betzwood Park and join a NPS Ranger to discuss the history of Valley Forge.

This event is made possible through support from the Pottstown Area Health & Wellness Foundation, the Pennsylvania Dept. of Conservation and Resources and the generous donations of individual donors. Bike support and guides are provided by our partner outfitter Take It Outdoors Adventures.

We look forward to seeing you! If you have any questions, please us at events@schuylkillriver.org or call 484-945-0200.

Registrations are closed for this event.

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