The Pennypack Trail starts in Rockledge Borough at the intersection of Rockledge and Robbins Avenues to Byberry Road by Mason’s Mill Park. This five-and-a-half mile out and back trail is pupular to both humans and their pups, as well as to horses and their riders. You may also see some mountain bikers along the 12-foot-wide gravel trail.
Starting at the park, the path immediately crosses Shady Lane and a 165-foot steel bridge over a small stream. The next couple of miles travels along the westernmost edge of Lorimar Park, and you can stop at the park to visit the restrooms, grab some water, or take a snack break. The trail then takes you along some pawsitively gorgeous meadows full of flowers and forests of huge oak and pine trees.
The trail then crosses the West Trenton SEPTA (Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority) train line, which is still active, so be watchful to the crossing signals and gates. Right after the RR crossing, you and your canine companion will come to the Bethayres Swamp, where you can see a plethora of critters including many kinds of birds that you can only see in this area. Some of these include the Blue-headed Vireo, Golden Crowned Kinglet, and the Eastern Wood-Pewee.
A little further down the trail, you will come to the Welsh Road intersection where there are a large parking lot and portable toilets. They also have a kiosk with historical information about the train station and benches to take a break if you need to. About a mile further, you will cross the Pennypack Creek again on a former railroad bridge where you can get some pawesome pictures of the creek and surrounding area.
The highlight of the trip is typically the Pennypack Park, which is one of Pennsylvania’s most popular parks. There are other trail systems here that you can follow if you don’t mind veering off the Pennypack Trail. You and your pooch may also want to take a break at the park to eat or use the facilities and fill up your water bottles. Be sure to bring some plastic baggies to clean up after your pooch and deposit them in in the proper trash receptacles, so it stays clean for other visitors and for you and Fido when you return.