Lake Galena Hike & Bike Trail


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Lake Galena Hike & Bike Trail Facts

States: Pennsylvania
Counties: Bucks
Length: 6 miles
Trail end points: N. Champman Road and Creek Road
Trail surfaces: Asphalt
Trail category: Greenway/Non-RT
ID: 7227760

Lake Galena Hike & Bike Trail Description

The  Lake Galena Park Hike & Bike Trail (alternatively the Peace Valley Park Hike & Bike Trail) offers 6 miles of blacktop along the shores of Lake Galena, just north of Doylestown in eastern Pennsylvania. The scenic trail travels through woodlands and meadows and is generally flat, except for one hill at the northeast corner of the lake.

A good place to begin is at the nature center at the eastern end of the lake. Along your journey, you'll find an abundance of recreational opportunities, including playgrounds, fishing, boating, picnicking and nature hikes. Note that some areas of the park are restricted to the public for wildlife preservation. Keep a lookout for birds; more than 250 species have been sighted here, including cardinals, woodpeckers and finches. You also might see deer, groundhogs and muskrats.

At the end of the trail, you can continue the circuit around the lake on Creek Road, a lightly trafficked roadway.

Peace Valley Park is a classic county park with biking, picnics, boat rental, and other amenities. Peace Valley Nature Center is a special wildlife area—separated from Peace Valley Park—and it has quiet, unpaved nature trails.


Parking and Trail Access

Parking is available adjacent to the Peace Valley Nature Center (170 N Chapman Road), as well as off New Galena Road and Creek Road.

Please note that bikes are not allowed on the unpaved surfaces at the Nature Center and as their parking lot is very small, they request that bicyclists do not park in their lot.

For those interested in biking the trail, there is plenty of parking around Peace Valley Park. Please see the TrailLink map for all parking options.


Lake Galena Hike & Bike Trail Reviews


Nice paved path that runs all the way around the lake - like the app says though it is NOT a rail trail so it is narrow. On weekends at peak times it’s going to be crowded with walkers, bikers, joggers and little ones as it’s a shared trail. Best times to go are early morning, later evening and weekdays. Many nice spots to stop and have a little picnic lunch/snacks.

really nice

Lots of walkers and bikers at this park. Nice views of the lake and meadows. Does not get boring. Mostly flat with a good run of hills on the east end. The path would benefit from direction control for walkers vs bikers since it gets so much foot traffic.

Lake Galena trail at Peace Valley Park

Very nice trail. It is better now that they completed the trail around the lake. You no longer have to hop on Creek Rd to complete loop. Northwest corner of trail has steep 8% grade, if you go counter clockwise around the trail. Great hike, bike trail with paving all round with plenty of parking. East side of lake is much quieter with less pavilions. Views are tremendous!

scenic but very rough ride at places

The mileage discrepancy is due to the Creek Road section now being closed to motor vehicles. We started our ride on the smoothest section of trail and were so impressed with both the scenery and the trail. However not all of the trail is in such pristine condition. Being close to Philadelphia there were more people wearing face masks than what we have seen on trails in the mid-state, but still plenty of people that don't get the idea of trying to social distance. The trail was busy for a Tuesday, but it was an absolutely beautiful mid August day so it's easy to understand why so many people were out enjoying the day.


peace Valley park

A little gem. I get 6 miles around on my apps.

This is a nice trail with beautiful scenery driving around the lake. There are a decent amount of hills.

This is a nice trail with beautiful scenery driving around the lake. There are a decent amount of hills.

Peace Valley Park

Took a ride around the trail today at Peace Valley Park. Beautiful park. Smooth ride. Very scenic. Longer than 4.1 miles. Closer to 6.5 miles.

A Favorite

Very scenic, paved trail. If you go during the weekday not as crowded. My gps had the mileage as 6 not 4 as in trail description.

One of My Happy Places

I’ve run hundreds of miles here year around training for marathons. It’s perfect for that—lightly rolling terrain for the most part with a steep 8% grade hill for good measure. Note with a new nice and wide extension the trail now goes all the way around the lake and is about a 6-mile loop. Most of the old trail was recently repaved as well.

Peace Valley Park beautiful!!

Went today thinking it was a 4 mile hike/walk trail. It turns out it is 7. The websites out there need to update the mileage. It was a very hot day today and could have used more water. Other than the unexpected length it was great views and easy walking/hiking. Only a few small hills and a decent amount of shade/sun!! Really enjoyed the views and plenty of stops and bathrooms if they would be needed!! Really liked the day!!

Go early or late in the day: Very crowded

From a recumbent trike's perspective with a full suspension, the trail is easy ... if you can avoid the pedestrians: Overwhelming majority of people are polite & move over when you ring your bell. But only takes a few obnoxious runners.

Description: From the nature center parking lot, going clockwise, first obstacle are 2 sets of cement barriers on the bridge. A trike will get through, but recommend reduced speed to be sure. After that, the trail is paved but bumpy until you reach the parking lot on Creek Road; about a mile of this. At the parking lot veer to the right; this is new stretch of trail, that prevents riding on the road. From this point on it is smooth & easy, with manageable ups & down. You have 2 options when you reach the dam: Either ride on top of it, or take the longer route & ride below it (more elevation change). Nothing exciting until 1/4 mile past the last New Galena Rd parking lot, when 8% grade starts. This goes on for about 2/3 of a mile; lots of down hill after that before reaching the nature center. Total loop is a little over 6 miles.

Beautiful trail! Paved trail all the way around the lake!

Beautiful paved trail all the way around the lake with nice visitor's center with bathroom facilities. Several parking lots around the lake, some paved some gravel. Great place to ride when you don't want to ride on the road and other mixed surface trails are sloppy. Doylestown Bike Trail network connects to this trail with only one very small road section. And, Doylestown Bike Trail connects to 202 Parkway Trail. We did a 30 mile all paved trail ride with 1600 ft of climbing. Bring your climbing legs since this is NOT a flat trail. Also, lots of foot traffic around the lake so go early or out of season. On a warm day in January was amazed at number of people on the trail so can't image how busy it gets in season! Perfect for road or gravel bikes.

Trail now goes all the way around the lake

The trail now goes all of the way around New Galena Lake. It is 6 miles - much of it newly replaced and you no longer have to go on the road at all.


Love peace valley! Gorgeous views! It doesn't tend to get crowded & no shade across the bridge but the view totally makes up for it! Great for families & children

great scenery, rough trail

The parking area where we started had no signs or maps of the trail, we saw another biker and she told us we were on the trail and that it did loop around the lake with a short road section. We began by climbing a hill, when we got to the top I saw a sign for riders going the other direction of the 8% grade approaching. Turns or intersections were not marked especially when it came to the road section. Most of the trail has significant washboarding, very bumpy ride. The scenery is great, that earned the stars. Also, the porta-potty at the parking area was one of the worst I've ever been in and as a frequent trail rider (58 so far this year) that's saying a lot.

Family had a blast!

Family's first trail ride and it couldn't have been a more perfect day! The scenery around the trail is beautiful and the length was perfect for my 9 year old. There are a few hills which were difficult for her to get up (fare warning for people with children) but other than that, wonderful and highly recommended.

Nice scenery

Fun trail can get congested for bikers. Nice scenery.

Ride a bike? Be careful

I just made the loop at Peace Valley Park. Beautiful scenary, but the path is old and narrow and broken up. When you pass by walkers (there are many), it is difficult to navigate. The cardio part is good!

Enjoyable and Scenic

I recently took a trip around Lake Galena at Peace Valley Park. This park is located about an hour north of Center City Philadelphia in historic Bucks County. Along with a running trail, the park boasts 14 miles of nature trails in the woods and meadows at the eastern end of Lake Galena.

From a running standpoint this area offers a 6 mile loop around the lake. However my GPS read 6.22 miles (I did get lost a little bit). Overall it was a very nice and scenic 6 miles. For the majority of the 6 miles the paths were open and allowed running on both sides without any issues.

There is a stretch where the running trail ends and you are required to run on an active road in order to finish the loop. Unfortunately there is no paved area or sidewalk for runners so this part can be a bit dangerous. A portion of this road is a one way so it is not a heavy traffic area, but there are cars driving there none the less. I didn’t get an exact distance on how much running was done on the road, but it felt like close to around half a mile.

One area I did enjoy about the running trail was the warning of hill increases and decreases as you approached them. It is something I had never scene before so for me this was new. Of course I would have ran the hills whether or not these warning signs were here, but it was good to know what you were in store for.

On the running trail there were a few amenities along the way. For example there were a few park benches if you want to take a seat or there were a few portable toilets if the urge hits you. However I did not see many areas with drinkable water, so make sure to bring a hydration vest/ belt if you plan on running here.

Outside of the running trail there are a few other areas to explore here. I passed a boat rental where it looked like you could rent a kayak, small sailing boat or canoe. I also saw a few trails that went off into the woods for some hiking. As I mentioned above, there are 14 miles of hiking trails at this park, so if you are looking for a good hike you can find it here.

Overall this running trail is a great way to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city. I enjoy a good run around the Schuylkill, but if you are looking for a truly scenic run this trail is worth the trip.

Don't take your bike here

Thought I would try this one out while in the area. Not suitable for bikes. Too narrow, asphalt is chewed up, and too crowded. Would be nice for walking.

A walking path, not a bike trail

This is not a converted rail-trail, but rather a paved path around a small lake in a town park. Apparently very popular with the local community, as the path was pretty well congested the day after Christmas.

It's a fine park and lake for the local community, but not someplace to go to ride a bike on a trail. Even the locals don't bring their bikes.

You can definitely ride the path, but you will be going slow and dodging a lot of walkers along the way.

If you do bring your bike, do NOT expect to ride the road at the north end (to complete the loop). Others have commented that you can complete the circle by jumping on the road at the northern end (where the trail ends). You can, but you take your life in your hands. Along the mile or two of road there is NO shoulder on much of the road. The white line is literally at the edge of where you can ride. And there are lots of cars. Don't ride the road. Circle back instead.

I give it one star because it is a walking path and not a riding trail, and is quite congested. On the plus side, several parking lots around the lake. But if you're a rail-trail bike rider, definitely skip this one.

Peaceful beautiful

Great leisurely ride. You are out in the country. A road connects the part not shown on the map, making the loop just over 6 miles. Traffic is slow and sparse on this road and foot traffic is plentiful. Don't expect to go fast. Lots of walkers, runners and path crossers along the way. One short, steep hill on the northwest side will be a challenge to the novice rider. Recommend the clockwise direction. Pavement makes for easy pedaling, though some areas are rough and narrow. All in all, a place a I expect to come back to many times.

One of my wife's favorite places.

Wonderful trail for jogging and biking. It is an easier to bike it counter clockwise as you have one more long hill going up the road if go clockwise.

As this is a heavily used park, this trail should only be used for casual bike riding. Please do not use it for roadies riding for won't have a good time and walkers, joggers, unpredictable children and dog walkers will not appreciate you going 20+ mph thru the park!

As the other reviewer mentioned, be sure to stop at the bridge as you are about 99.99% assured of seeing some interesting wildlife. Birds that I've seen at Lake Galena have been...ducks, Canadian Geese, White Geese, Cormorants, Purple Marlins, Cardinals, Robins, Hummingbirds, House Finches, Yellow Finches, Doves, Eagles, Kestrel, Blue Heron, and Seagulls. Many of these smaller birds can be seen at the Nature Center's Bird Blind. Towards sunset you will often see flocks of geese come in and land on the lake; the Heron will often relocate for the evening. Sometimes you will also see the Seagulls or Cormorants lined up on the railings at the dam. You also have a pretty good chance before sunset to see some deer. You can often see them on the creek side of the dam and in some open fields along the roads around the dam on either side.

Nice and Easy

Although the map does not show it, the trail does completely circle the lake - making this about a 5 mile loop. All macadam. Only one steep hill on the northeast corner but there are benches to stop along the way up. A small part of the trail on the south side of the lake is shared with a road for about an eighth of a mile but it is nice and wide with the lake on one side and a few houses on the other side. We did the trail clockwise - N,E,S,W - and it was easy.
Great biking trail for the entire family. Make sure to stop on the bridge on the east end and look for wildlife - turtles, heron, etc. Nice picnicking areas and clean bathrooms (complete with hand dryers).
Overall a great easy ride and nice day!

nice day at the park

Peace Valley is a fine place for riding, walking. There is a paved trail that all-but-circles Lake Galena (the circuit is completed by a road). The park and parking is free (except for boating) and there's an interesting nature center at the east end. Know that there is a the steep hill along the trail on the northeast corner of the lake. Lots of birds and other wildlife. Bring a picnic.

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