Upper Schuylkill Valley Park
Canoe launch. Portage take-out. Parking for 38+. Restrooms. Picnic Area. Wildlife Center.
Until the proposed RR portage around Black Rock Dam is completed, you must take out here for a long 1.6-mile portage on the Upper Schuylkill River Trail (or a 4.5-mile drive) to Schuylkill Canal Park to re-enter the river below the dam. (See “◊◊ Black Rock Dam” for portage path and additional hazard information.)
The Schuylkill River is a natural backdrop for this educational display of wild animals and raptors indigenous to Pennsylvania. You can see foxes, wolves, rabbits, a bald eagle, a bobcat, a variety of owls, hawks, turkeys, and an assortment of farm animals. A seasonal butterfly garden and turtle pond will delight all ages, while a permanent exhibit entitled “The Schuylkill Wilds” features creatures found in and around the Schuylkill River. Turtles, frogs, fish, snakes, an opossum, and a mink are on view throughout this indoor space.
Road Access: 40.163193,-75.508472
River Access: 40.160700,-75.507311
Owner: Montgomery County
Services: Groceries, restaurants, lodging, and much more can be found at the intersection of US-422 and PA-29 (2.7+ miles east).