Birding at MontCo’s Lock 60/Schuylkill East Trail
This wonderful and under-birded area on the Schuylkill Canal is the second in VFAS’s special series of birding at five Montgomery County parks by the end of June. This one definitely triggers our reaction of “How cool is this place!” as it offers birds, beauty, and history with a fully restored, working lock – one of 72 originally built on the canal.
We will bird for about two hours, out and back about 1 mile on the wide, flat, crushed stone Schuylkill East Trail. Early spring may offer sightings of belted kingfishers, common mergansers, yellow-rumped warblers, pileated woodpeckers, and/or other birding treasures.
No prior knowledge of birds or birding is necessary to attend — beginners are always welcome. And please, bring the kids along – our programs are open to all ages, although children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Bring binoculars if you have them, and dress for the weather. One porta-potty is located on site.
Note: In good weather, this unpaved path also can accommodate those who have limited mobility or utilize a scooter, walker, or wheelchair – we’d love to have you join us.
How to find us at Lock 60/Schuylkill Canal Park: When heading south on Rte. 29, turn right carefully and immediately before the bridge (Produce Junction will be on your left) onto Towpath Road and follow it back to the lot. PLEASE NOTE: parking is limited so carpooling is recommended if possible.
Co-sponsored by Valley Forge Audubon Society (valleyforgeaudubon.org) and Montgomery County Parks and Recreation (Lock 60 at the Schuylkill Canal Park | Montgomery County, PA – Official Website (montcopa.org)