Autumn Hike: Betzwood Trail/Schuylkill River

Hiking enthusiast Justin Martino '91 and Scout Leader Charlie Ford '85 invite you to an autumnal walk along the Betzwood Trail, which follows the north side of the Schuylkill River, in Valley Forge Park. We will journey along the mostly flat dirt and gravel river trail until the halfway point turn-around at approximately 2.5 miles, while enjoying views of the river, birds, turtles and foliage. We will pass the Sullivan's Bridge stone marker, named for Major General John Sullivan, the officer who was charged by General George Washington with building a bridge across the Schuylkill River during the 1777-78 Valley Forge winter encampment of the Continental Army. (The planned Wissahickon Creek/Forbidden Drive hike will take place in the Spring.)


This gathering (children welcome!) will include a guide at the front and rear to accommodate different rates of enjoyment. Bottled water and granola/energy bars will be provided.  The event is free for alumni, families and friends., but please RSVP by Nov 15th


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Please download the activity waiver by clicking here and bring a signed copy to the event.  All adults need to sign/date the waiver and list minors in their party. 


We will hike rain or shine -  in the event of thunderstorms, the hike will be rescheduled.   


***Meeting information*** (Different from previous hikes)

  • We will be meeting at 10 AM, at the Betzwood Trailhead which is at the end of Sullivan Lane, off of S. Trooper Rd. (exit from Rt. 422)  See map below.

  • Please park at the West (or left) far end of the parking lot. (Public bathrooms are available). We will begin the walk at 10:15 AM. 

  • History Note: The nearby Betzwood Motion Picture Studio (some buildings remain), founded by film pioneer Siegmund Lubin in 1912, was the site of production for over 100 films, and was world famous as one of the largest and most advanced studios of its time.

  • Amenity Note: while in the area, walkers may want to explore the Valley Forge Visitor Center, the new King of Prussia Town Center and the adjacent Wegmans.



10:00AM - 12:00PM Sat 16 Nov 2019, Eastern timezone


Valley Forge Park / Betzwood Trailhead
Sullivans Ln
Norristown, PA 19403

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Look Who's Coming:

David Chen
Guest of David Chen
Abha Dawesar
Nina Niamkey
Robert Bauchwitz
Eric Po
Vivi Hyacinthe
Charlie Ford
... a total of 11 guests.
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