From Collegeville, take the Germantown Pike. From PA 73, take PA 363 to the Germantown Pike. From the Germantown Pike, take Skippack Creek Road to May Hall Road. The mountain bike trail is at the southern end of the park accessed from Fern Rd.
Located near Philadelphia, the 3,300 acre Evansburg State Park offers a green oasis amidst the surrounding suburbs of Montgomery County. The park is a quiltwork of cropland, meadows, old fields and mature woodlands. The blending of these various habitats result in a diversity of trees, wildflowers and wildlife. Sightings of deer, rabbits and wild turkey are common, especially in the early morning or at dusk. The Skippack Creek, bisects the land north and south, creating a land of ridges and valleys which provide a natural atmophere of seclusion as well scenic views.
The park offers 15 miles of designated trails for hiking and horseback riding as well as a five mile mountain bike trail for a scenic, uncrowded, fun mountain biking experience. Most of the trails are open to cross-country skiing in winter. Riders can also use the right side berm of public roads.
For those looking for a quiet picnic spot along the Skippack Creek, over 150 picnic tables, many charcoal grills and modern restrooms are located throughout the park. The main picnic area is on May Hall Road. An additional picnic area is on Lewis Road in the southern portion of the park.
The narrow Skippack valley was once a thriving Mennonite settlement where dozens of mills and factories, powered by Skippack Creek, operated during the 18th and 19th centuries. Be sure to stop at the Friedt Vistor Center, an historic farmhouse built in the early 1700's which provides insight into German Mennonite living during those times.
The eight-arch stone bridge spanning Skippack Creek on Germantown Pike, built in 1792, is the oldest bridge in continuous, heavy use in the nation. And the visitor center, an early 18th century Mennonite farmhouse, is a great place for bird watching.
The park also regulary holds environmental education and nature programs especially designed for children.
Evansburg State Park Dedicated Mountain Biking Trail:
A 5 mile dirt, singletrack mountain bike trail at the southern end of the park can be accessed from the trailhead on Fern Avenue. It is comprised of two interconnecting loops which winds through a forest of northern and southern hardwoods. The terrain is challenging and hilly with some sections of roots and rocks ideal for the beginner to intermediate level rider. Situated off-the-beaten-path, the trail will provide a welcome respite from other crowded urban trails.
Cyclists are also permitted on the six miles of paved roads in the park that are open to vehicle traffic. For your safety, remember that rules of the road also apply to bicycles. Please stay on the designated bike paths and trails.
The Friedt Visitor Center:
Farmhouse that was built in the early 1700s. This historic building interprets the lifestyles of the German Mennonite families who owned the home for 190 years. Outside, the root cellar, well, and herb and sensory gardens add to the eighteenth century atmosphere. An exhibit room in the house is devoted to the natural history of the area, and also provides an area for birdwatching and other wildlife viewing.
The area surrounding Evansburg State Park is rich in history and offers the tourist many things to see and do.
Browse in one of the many antique shops or visit the Audubon Wildlife Sanctuary, Valley Forge National Historic Park or the quaint Skippack Village, where antique, crafts and specialty shops operate out of original 18th and 19th century buildings, homes and barns.
The eight-arch stone bridge spanning Skippack Creek on Germantown Pike was built in 1792. Listed in the National Register of Historic Places, it is the oldest bridge in continuous, heavy use in the nation.
For more information:
Evansburg State Park
Phone: (610) 409-1150