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Posted on: April 28, 2023

8th Annual Montco Trail Challenge Returns This Weekend

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NORRISTOWN, PA – This weekend Montgomery County will celebrate the return of the Montco Trail Challenge for its eighth year. This annual family-friendly program encourages participants to track their visits to select Montgomery County trails to earn awards for completing visits to five, ten, or fifteen participating trails

Each year the Montco Trail Challenge draws participants of all ages from the surrounding region representing Montgomery, Bucks, Berks, Chester, Philadelphia, and Delaware counties. 

The Montco Trail Challenge will include a few new features this year. The full length of the Chester Valley Trail extension will be included in the challenge, offering users four additional miles of natural trail to explore. Additionally, the Valley Forge National Historic Park is part of this year’s challenge for the first time. Find a full list of trails and map for the 2023 Montco Trail Challenge, click here

To participate, people can track their progress on a trail card and submit their entries online or drop their completed card at the five drop box locations in the county. Participant awards will be mailed in December after the 2023 Trail Challenge. All entries must be received by December 3, 2023.

Participants are encouraged to use social media to post pictures, recognitions, and encourage their friends to participate and use the hashtag #MontcoTrailChallenge.

The Montco Trail Challenge is a partnership between the Montgomery County Office of Public Health, Planning Commission, Parks, Trails, and Historic Sites, and the Montgomery County Board of Commissioners. It is funded by the Pennsylvania Department of Health’s Preventive Health and Health Services Block Grant.

About Montgomery County, Pennsylvania Parks, Trails, and Historic Sites
Montgomery County Parks, Trails, and Historic Sites offer wonderful opportunities for residents and visitors to enjoy various natural resources, participate in educational and recreational opportunities, and appreciate our historic past. Whether you are a bike enthusiast, a lover of antiques, or just want a quiet space for a family picnic, there is something for you throughout our facilities. 

Montgomery County owns and/or manages more than 6,000 acres of public open space which includes nine parks, five historic sites, and almost 100 miles of regional trails. These areas include over 125 historic and non-historic structures, playgrounds, a fish ladder, a working historic canal lock, a wildlife center, and an archives/artifact collection of over 53,000 pieces. Our parks, trails, and historic sites combined are enjoyed by over 3 million visitors each year. Park lands include fishing opportunities, environmental education programs, hiking, boat rentals, pavilions, and more. To learn more, click here

Media Contact: Kelly Cofrancisco, kelly.cofrancisco@montgomerycountypa.gov

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