John James Audubon Center at Mill Grove
GOOD FOR: All Ages
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Source:Outdoors with Kids Philadelphia (AMC Books)
Address:1201 Pawlings Road, Audubon, PA
Hours:Grounds open Tuesday through Sunday, dawn to dusk; museum open Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday, 1 to 4 p.m.
Fee: Grounds, free; museum admission fee: adults, $4; children ages 2 to 17, $2; children ages 2 and under, free
Contact:

pa.audubon.org, 610-666-5593
 

Bathrooms: At the pavilion
Water/Snacks: Water fountain outside the pavilion
Map:

In kiosks at parking area and trailhead
 


Take a hike or a bike ride to be inspired by the woods, fields, and creeks that shaped the career of naturalist and artist John James Audubon.

John James Audubon Center at Mill Grove
Photo by: RoadLessTrvld

Mill Grove was the first American home of John James Audubon, the Haitianborn naturalist and artist whose name is now virtually synonymous with American birding. The 175-acre site preserves the house where Audubon lived as a young man from 1803 to 1806, along with the surrounding forests and fields along the Perkiomen Creek, where he first encountered the landscape that inspired his love for wildlife.

The main attraction of the site for families is the network of trails. About 6 miles of natural footpaths wind through the property. From the parking lot you can follow Wetherill Trail a short distance to the green-blazed John’s Trail, a rocky path that finds its way down to the shallow creek, where kids can splash and look for fish. John’s Trail connects to the blue-blazed Copper Mine Trail, along which you’ll see remnants of historical mine structures. For a gentler walk, head uphill from the parking lot to the blue-blazed Lucy’s Trail, which goes through wildflower meadows and fields.

A paved bike trail, the 4.5-mile Audubon Loop, circles the perimeter of the property along Pawlings Road and above the Perkiomen Creek. It is suitable for kids but does include a few steep hills. Gain access to the trail near the property entrance at Pawlings Road. Audubon Loop connects to the Schuylkill River Trail and the Perkiomen Trail, if you’re looking for a longer ride.

The three-story stone house Mill Grove, built in 1762, is now a museum that includes displays of Audubon’s art, including Birds of America, the book that first earned him fame with its life-size paintings of birds.

Picnic areas are near the pavilion, across from the parking lot. Throughout the year, Mill Grove (owned by Audubon Pennsylvania) sponsors educational programs and events for families. Visit the website or call for details.

Remember: Dogs are not permitted on the trails, though leashed dogs are permitted on the paved Audubon Loop.

Plan B:

Valley Forge National Historical Park has bike and hiking trails, as well as several historical buildings and an interpretive center.

Where to Eat Nearby:

Return to Trooper Road to find restaurants.



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