Schuylkill River National & State Heritage Area

It’s impossible to truly discover the cultural, natural, and historic wonders of Pennsylvania without a visit to the Schuylkill River Valley. As Pennsylvania’s first designated Scenic River, the Schuylkill has been instrumental in shaping the nation’s heritage for more than 300 years, playing an important role in three revolutions: the American, Industrial, and Environmental.

And with a combination of Revolutionary War history, 19th century industrial sites, and thousands of acres of national, state, and community parkland, it’s the perfect destination for travelers of all ages.

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(Photo: Paddlers on the Schuylkill River)

Things to See and Do

  • Fairmount Water Works

     640 Waterworks Drive, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19130
  • Valley Forge National Historical Park

    1400 North Outer Line Drive King of Prussia, PA 19406
  • Schuylkill River Trail

  • Hawk Mountain Sanctuary

    1700 Hawk Mountain Rd. Kempton, PA 19529
  • Independence National Historic Park

    One North Independence Mall West Philadelphia PA 19106

    Among the most historically significant places in the United States, the Park is home to the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall.

  • Academy of Natural Sciences

    1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway Philadelphia PA 19103

    America’s oldest history museum features permanent exhibits on dinosaurs, wildlife, academy research, traveling exhibits and educational programs.

  • Reading Public Museum

    500 Museum Road Reading PA 19611

    An artistic and educational resource featuring art galleries, natural science exhibits, an arboretum and planetarium.

  • Philadelphia Museum of Art

    26th St. & Benjamin Franklin Pkwy Philadelphia PA 19101

    One of the great art institutions of the world the Museum houses over 225,000 works of art and offers a wealth of exhibitions and educational programs.

  • Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site

    2 Mark Bird Lane Elverson PA 19520

    One of the finest examples of a rural American 19th century iron plantation. The buildings include a blast furnace, the ironmaster’s mansion, and auxiliary structures.

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