Peace Valley Park Hike & Bike Trail

Pennsylvania

Peace Valley Park Hike & Bike Trail Facts

States: Pennsylvania
Counties: Bucks
Length: 4.1 miles
Trail end points: N. Champman Road and Creek Road
Trail surfaces: Asphalt
Trail category: Greenway/Non-RT
ID: 7227760
Trail activities: Bike, Fishing, Wheelchair Accessible, Walking

With Unlimited:

  • Export to My Trail Guide
  • Create Guidebook
  • Download GPX
  • Download Offline Maps
  • Print Friendly Map
Upgrade Now

Get Your Guidebook!

Support Trails and Pick Your FREE Guidebook Today!

When you make your gift of $35 now just $30 or more to Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, we’ll be thrilled to send you your choice of one of our 11 great guidebooks—FREE!

Peace Valley Park Hike & Bike Trail Description

The Peace Valley Park Hike & Bike Trail offers 4 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.

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.

Peace Valley Park Hike & Bike Trail Reviews

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.

Fun trail can get congested for bikers. Nice scenery.

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!

Accordion

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 speed...you 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.

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!

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.

Trail Events

This trail does not have any events yet.
Be the first to add one!

Add an Event

Events nearby

organizer logo
Pennypack Trail
Philadelphia, PA

The DRCC Free Summer Movie Series is BACK! We're kicking the season off with "TOY STORY". This year we'll have even more fun planned alongside the...

#volunteer
Thu Jul 13 2017

Nearby Trails

Doylestown Bike and Hike Trails

Pennsylvania - 13.8 miles

The Doylestown Bike and Hike Trails system provides a convenient car-free network of paved pathways to get around this eastern Pennsylvania community,...

202 Parkway Trail

Pennsylvania - 8.4 miles

The 202 Parkway Trail, part of The Circuit (Greater Philadelphia's trail network) connects three towns—Montgomery, Warrington, and Doylestown—on its...

Neshaminy Creek Greenway

Pennsylvania - 0.6 miles

Although the Neshaminy Creek Greenway is only about a half mile long, big things are in its future. One day, the greenway could span as much as 33...

Accordion

Liberty Bell Trail

Pennsylvania - 0.5 miles

Currently just a half-mile long community trail in the borough of Hatfield, much greater plans are in store for the multi-use Liberty Bell...

D & L Trail - Delaware Canal Towpath

Pennsylvania - 60 miles

The Delaware Canal Towpath, which extends from Bristol to Easton, dates back to the historical canal-building era of the early and mid-1800s. Through...

Delaware and Raritan Canal State Park Trail

New Jersey - 69.5 miles

Note: Periodically parts of the trail become impassable from floods and other damage. For updates on trail conditions, visit the Canal State Park...

Powerline Trail (PA)

Pennsylvania - 4.8 miles

The Powerline Trail in Horsham Township connects schools, parks, business centers and neighborhoods along an easement managed by PECO/Exelon. Parts of...

Hunters Crossing and Brayton Garden Trails

Pennsylvania - 2.7 miles

The Hunters Crossing and Brayton Garden trails form a paved, multi-use greenway that extends 2.7 miles from the Country Square Shopping Center in...

Barrel Run Trail

Pennsylvania - 1 miles

A little less than a mile long, the Barrel Run Trail is part of Milford Township's growing system of multi-use trails. The paved, asphalt trail begins...

Tyler State Park Trails

Pennsylvania - 10.8 miles

Tyler State Park, located in Newtown, Pennsylvania, covers over 1,700 acres on the grounds of an old farm in a charming woodland setting. The park...

Unami Creek Trail

Pennsylvania - 1.5 miles

Part of Milford Township's growing network of greenways, the Unami Creek Trail extends from a parking lot off Kumry Road, winding northeast behind...

Pennypack Trail

Pennsylvania - 14.4 miles

The Pennypack Trail begins in Huntingdon Valley in Montgomery County and continues south through wooded Lorimer Park and on into Philadelphia County....

Explore by City

Explore by City

Explore by Activity

Explore by Activity

Log in to your account to:

  • View trail paths on the map
  • Save trails to your account
  • Add trails, edit descriptions
  • Share photos
  • Add reviews
OR

Register for free!

Join TrailLink (a non-profit) to view more than 30,000 miles of trail maps and more!
OR