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Level: Intermediate
Length: 8 mi (12.9 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: Loop
Elevation: +89/86 ft
Total: 66 riders
 

Mountain Biking Black Rock

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#91 of 294 mountain bike trails in Pennsylvania
#3,278 in the world

This trail will run north as a mixture of wide and narrow singletrack. You'll pass
through the Black Rock Bird Sanctuary and up to the boat launch at Rt 113.
Take 113 over the river to the Upper Schulykill Valley Park. Drop back down to
the river on River Rd. At the far left end of the parking lot you can re-enter the
trail. 1/8 or so of a mile later you can go left for climbs and singletrack or
straight for a flat side gravel/ dirt trail back to Lock 60 in Mt Claire where you
can cross back over the river to Phoenixville.

First added by alibby on Aug 1, 2012. Last updated May 9, 2020. → add an update
Before you go
  • Drinking water: unknown
  • Lift service: unknown
  • Night riding: unknown
  • Pump track: unknown
  • Restrooms: unknown
  • Fat bike grooming: unknown
  • E-bikes allowed: unknown
  • Fee required: unknown
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Getting there
Park at or behind the Pickering Creek Tavern. Go towards Mt Claire on Bridge St.
Between the rail road overpass and the Schulykill River bridge left on to the gravel
road. Cross over French Creek along the rail road tracks. Just after the creek
crossing you can drop on to the trail.
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Rider questions

Q: where can i park to enter this trai
A: On the North Side of the river there's a petting zoo across from the boat launch. There's parking at the bottom of the hill. Take the trail East for about 200 yards where the trail will start on the left. There are 2 ravines to ride where it will dump you out to Lock 60 in Monte Clare. Ride out to Rt. 29, cross the bridge and dump back in the other side of the river for an easy trek all the way back down the river. Come to the end and cross the bridge once again on Rt. 113 back to the petting zoo and the parking lot.

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  • David Reilly
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    Absolutely terrible as of 11/26/2019. Entire Northern part is inaccessible due to some sort of construction project. The section between Rt 113 boat ramp and Lock 60 is too short to bother with. Additionally, dismounting is probably required once you get to the one concrete bridge section. Not worth the trip.

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  • dcribb

    Take of two trails. As anothe reviewer mentioned, the Phoenixville side is flat and pretty boring, even for a beginner like me. The other side, however, reminded me of the Wiss - climb up and out of a valley, less rocks though. Trails meander with plenty of small creek crossings and downed logs. If you are looking to jump right into the tougher side, park in the Lock 60 Recreation Lot, head up stream,stay to the right of the canal/damn and look for the Neal Thorpe Trail sign. Otherwise, parking at the Black Rock Boat Launch at 113.

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  • TrailNinja
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    This place is pretty awesome. There are actually two places to ride here which I think may be getting confused. You can ride on the the trails on the Phoenixville side of the water which has flatter trails or you can ride on the other side (in Montgomery county) and there are a lot of trails here that are not beginner. Some trails are on the edge of a steep hill or are off camber. There are sections of doubletrack followed by challenging singletrack. There is a lot of elevation change so you can find some pretty cool downhills. The trails on the side of the water in Montgomery county are more like intermediate to advanced

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  • flea132435
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    This is a fun off road trail along the Schuylkill River in Phoenixville. Its is a nice change of pace from the usual paved trails at Valley Forge. While the trail is only 6-12 inches wide in most places, it is an easy introduction to mountain biking. You can park at the Phoenixville boat launch and start the trail near the back of the parking lot. Unfortunately you have to cross a large (6 ft wide x 4 ft deep) drainage ditch to get from the parking lot to the trail. Also, about 30 yards into the trail, there is a dilapidated ladder bridge running across a small stream. You can carry your bike across it, but there are too many planks missing to ride over it. About a mile in you'll hit the dam, and the trail widens into a wide, packed dirt path that leads into Phoenixville.

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