Daniel Boone Homestead
GOOD FOR: All Ages

Source:Outdoors with Kids Philadelphia (AMC Books)
Address:400 Daniel Boone Road, Birdsboro, PA
Hours:Grounds open sunrise to sunset daily; visitor center open Tuesday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Fee: Trails, free; paths in Historic Area require fee when visitor center is open: adults, $3; children, free; guided tours require an extra fee

danielboonehomestead.org, 610-582-4900

Bathrooms: Outside the visitor center
Water/Snacks: None

danielboonehomestead.org (click on Visit Us, then Recreation)

Walk in the footsteps of the young man who became the eighteenth century’s most famous frontier explorer.

Daniel Boone Homestead
Photo by: Susan Charkes

The 579-acre Daniel Boone Homestead gives kids a chance to experience the structures and setting of an eighteenth-century colonial farm. In this serene Oley Valley landscape, kids can discover the woods and fields where frontiersman Daniel Boone grew up. The future wilderness explorer was born here in 1734 and lived at the homestead until his family moved to North Carolina in 1750. If your family is interested in American history, this spot is worth a trip.

In the Historic Area next to the visitor center, the Colonial farm buildings and house are open for self-guided tours of the exterior. Walk around the easy gravel paths to see the house, barn, blacksmith shop, sawmill, and other buildings. Kids will get a kick out of how different these buildings are from the modern ones they’re used to. Paved paths in this area are great for bikes and strollers, and a picnic area is near the visitor center.

Outside the Historic Area, a network of easy hiking and bridle trails extends through the meadows and woods. To gain access to the start of these trails, drive past the South Picnic Area to the parking lot at the end of the road. The trails are marked by numbered posts that are noted on the equestrian trail map available on the homestead’s website. The trails are a good way for kids to explore the rest of the homestead and imagine being a young Daniel Boone exploring the frontier in his backyard.

Young anglers will enjoy fishing in the Historic Area in Daniel Boone Lake, a long lake that is dammed by the sawmill. Also near the sawmill is a pleasant little picnic grove.

Remember: Dogs must be leashed. Biking is discouraged on the bridle trails.

Plan B:

South of Birdsboro, French Creek State Park has an extensive network of trails for hiking and a small lake for paddling. To the north, Green Lane Park similarly offers hiking biking and paddling.

Where to Eat Nearby:

Follow PA 422 west to find restaurants and shops along the road.


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