Pottstown Tour Invites Schuylkill Trail Discovery

Saturday's tourists will cruise through the borough

POTTSTOWN PA – The Pottstown-based Schuylkill River Heritage Area is offering a guided bicycle tour of the borough this Saturday (July 23, 2011) from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., beginning at its 140 College Dr. offices, that will include a trip along the Schuylkill River Trail, a visit to Pottsgrove Manor, and lunch downtown.

Participants during the four-hour program will use yellow cruisers available through Bike Pottstown’s free bike share program.

  • They’ll ride along the trail to its Grosstown Road Trailhead, then return to Riverfront Park … a total distance of five miles.
  • From the park, travelers head through Pottstown to historic Pottsgrove Manor, for a tour of the 1752 home of ironmaster and Pottstown founder John Potts.
  • Then, using bike lanes along High Street, participants will ride to Grumpy’s Deli in downtown Pottstown for lunch.

The tour is sponsored by a grant from the Pottstown Area Health and Wellness Foundation. Its cost is $15, and participants must buy their own lunch. Space is limited, and advance registration is required. For more information or to register, call 484-945-0200.

The tour is one of a series of cycling and paddling programs offered this summer by the heritage area. Others include three Pedal and Paddle programs, which consist of a bike ride along the trail to Morlatton Village and a return trip via kayak. All Pedal and Paddle events have been popular and have filled to capacity.

The heritage area “uses conservation, education, recreation, historic and cultural preservation, and tourism as tools for community revitalization and economic development,” said Executive Director Kurt Zwikl. “By offering these cycling and paddling programs, we can introduce people” to the trail, the river, historic sites and downtowns, “so that they gain a better appreciation for all that this region has to offer,” he added.

Photo from Bike Pottstown