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The city of Schwenksville, Pennsylvania has a past steeped in history and is home to two buildings on the National Register of Historic Places. General George Washington and the Continental Army camped out in Schwenksville, and you can still visit the room where George Washington slept at the historic Pennypacker Mills. Historically, the city was home to Pennsylvania's first copper mine, although Schwenksville went on to become an important ice-harvesting center, supplying nearby Philadelphia with ice. The city's Perkiomen Creek also housed grain and textile mills, as well as an early summer resort community.
Today, the city is predominantly a residential and leisure area. When you book an RV in Schwenksville, you're not too far from the site of the famous annual Philadelphia Folk Festival, which takes place on the third week of August. Schwenksville is an ideal destination to enjoy the great outdoors. Enjoy the city's Meadow Park on the creek and explore the surrounding area with the Perkiomen Trail, a 19-mile multi-use rail trail. There is also a local golf course, or if you prefer faster-paced action, visit the city's ski slope resort for wintertime fun or summer outdoor activities.
Schwenksville is located around 40 miles from Philadelphia. The city is located between Route 422 from Cleveland and the Mid-County Expressway, part of I-476 also known as the "Blue Route." So, while you can easily get to major highways for traveling longer distances, you're not subjected to big city traffic and congestion.
An interesting variety of state parks surrounds Schwenksville, and you'll have plenty to explore in the local area, with more famous locations such as the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area and Delaware State Forest a comfortable two-hour drive away in your Schwenksville luxury RV rental. Culture, history, sports and the great outdoors, whatever you're into, there's plenty to see and do with a camper rental from Schwenksville.
Get your Schwenksville camper rental vacation off to a great start with a visit to the nearby Green Lane Park, located a few miles away. The park offers year-round outdoor activities from cross-country skiing, ice-fishing, and ice skating to summer boating and picnicking. The park has 25 miles of trails for hiking, mountain biking, or horseback riding. The Perkiomen Trail also links the park to the city. The park extends over 3,400 acres with three bodies of water, and there are seasonal boat rentals available. When you visit the park, be sure to look out for local wildlife, such as beavers, foxes, and squirrels. The area has also been classified as one of Pennsylvania's Important Bird Areas by the National Audubon Society.
Drive 15 minutes south in your Schwenksville motorhome rental to nearby Collegeville and its Evansburg State Park. Home to the Skippack Creek, this scenic park features historic remnants of mills and houses built by early European settlers. The eight-arch stone bridge spanning the creek is the oldest bridge in continuous heavy use in the nation, built in 1792. When you're visiting the park, stop in at the Friedt Visitor Center. This historic farmhouse was constructed in the early 1700s, and it now exhibits the lifestyle of the German families who lived there for almost 200 years. The park covers over 3,000 acres of old fields, meadows, forests, and farmland with 26 miles of trails for hiking, biking, and skiing. The creek is stocked with brown and rainbow trout for fishing. The park also features a golf course and clubhouse that is open to the public.
Lehigh Gorge State Park and neighboring Hickory Run State Park are a 90-minute drive from Schwenksville. Lehigh Gorge Park is a popular whitewater rafting destination, with steep stone walls, a fast flowing river, and waterfalls. Cycling or hiking along the river on the 26-mile Lehigh Gorge Trail is also a popular way to visit the park, providing access to scenic viewpoints and the historical remnants of the Upper Grand Section of the Lehigh Canal. You can also go fishing in the river and streams, while the northern section of the Lehigh River is stocked with trout. Neighboring Hickory Run State Park extends over almost 16,000 acres in the foothills of the Pocono Mountains. Home to the aptly named Boulder Field, this rocky area of large boulders is a National Natural Landmark. There are over 40 miles of hiking trails throughout the park, making it a good destination for hikers. If you want to cool off, the Sand Spring Lake is a good place to stop by for a swim. The lake also has a sand beach and a seasonal snack bar. In the winter, the lake is a popular place to go ice skating.
There is a variety of RV parks in the surrounding area, should you choose to set up camp locally with your Schwenksville travel trailer rental. One of the nearest you could try would be Oak Grove RV Park, situated under 10 miles away in nearby Hatfield. This forested campground provides full hookups with large gravel sites and an on-site dump station. Pets are permitted, and there are laundry facilities available. The Lansdale-Doylestown railroad service is a 10-minute drive away if you want to visit any larger cities without parking worries.
Another RV park you could also consider is Warwick Woods Campground. There are plenty of outdoor activities available on-site in this woodland campground, including hiking and biking. There is a large swimming pool with an additional small kids' pool, as well as an air-conditioned recreation hall. There are shower rooms and restrooms located throughout the campground, and there are laundry facilities open 24 hours a day. Full and partial hookups are available depending upon demand.
There are plenty more RV parks well worth trying out in the area and beyond, depending on where you want to visit with your Schwenksville motorhome rental.
No visit to Schwenksville would be complete without stopping to take a tour of Pennypacker Mills. Aside from visiting the room where George Washington slept, you can also view the personal historical collection of former Pennsylvania Governor Samuel W Pennypacker. Some of the artifacts on display date back to the Revolutionary War. The mansion was built in 1720 and aside from housing the governor's collection, it is used today for annual Civil War reenactments and demonstrations of everyday life in the 1860s. The estate is also home to an annual Craft Marketplace which showcases local artists and provides the opportunity to purchase some unique works of art and handcrafted items.
Schwenksville is a great destination to enjoy the great outdoors and outdoor activities. Whether you're visiting in winter or summer, visit the city's ski resort for plenty of outdoor fun. Summertime activities include geocaching and zip lining, while in the winter you could try out snow tubing for an adrenaline-pumped experience, or the more familiar skiing and snowboarding. There are dining options on-site, or you can just stop for a quick refreshment. If you prefer to live life in the slower lane, take a stroll around Meadow Park or out down the Perkiomen Trail along the creek. You could also try out the local golf course while you're in town.
If you're looking for somewhere to eat in the city before hitting the road, you'll find there are several choices in Schwenksville, featuring predominantly Asian, Italian, and America cuisines. There are just the essentials in town, so if you need to pick up any items, you can always do that later on in your trip. Wherever you choose to visit in your Schwenksville RV rental, you are sure to have an excellent vacation in this scenic area of cultural and historical importance that is well worth spending the time to discover.