- Parks, Trails, & Historic Sites
Parks, Trails, & Historic Sites
Mission StatementTo 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 over sixty 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!
Guidelines and Application for Special Use Permit
Update on Tree Removal in the Mather Mill Area (Intersection of Bethlehem Pike and 73)
As part of the cleanup from the remnants of Hurricane Ida, trees and debris are being removed from the Mather Mill area on County-owned property at the intersection of Bethlehem Pike and 73. Arborists are working to remove uprooted and damaged trees that are not likely to survive given the levels of damage they have sustained. This work is being done is in the interest of public safety for users of the park, as well as to prevent damage to bridges and other structures that cross nearby waterways.
We realize the removal of the trees has caused some concerns for the future of this site. The County and its contractor are working with Whitemarsh Township and other environmental groups to plan for timely future site work which will include new tree plantings and considerations for stormwater runoff. It is important to note this site will remain as open space and there are no plans for development or construction on any of these parcels.
Montgomery County's Office of Public Health recommends wearing a mask outdoors, regardless of vaccination status during high level of COVID-19 community transmission. Specifically, this means wearing a mask when outdoors if you cannot stay at least 6 feet apart from people who do not live in your household. For the latest updates, visit https://www.montcopa.org/COVID-19Guidance.