Norristown Farm Park
One of the most unique parks in the Pennsylvania state park system, Norristown Farm Park is a working farm in continuous use since colonial times. The 690-acre park is home to 71 species of wildlife, fish, reptiles and amphibians; 173 species of birds; 89 species of trees; and 216 species of wildflowers. Here you will find hiking trails, a trout nursery, picnic areas, separate forest areas of mixed oak and other deciduous trees, flood plain, old farm fields, working fields, wetlands and two streams. There are 15 historic buildings on the property, the earliest dating from 1764.
One of the last undeveloped areas in Montgomery County, Norristown Farm Park is actively farmed. Sitting quietly in the midst of a population of over 65,000 people, eighty percent of the park is dedicated to growing farm crops.
Under a 1992 lease agreement with the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR), Montgomery County is responsible for the development, operation, maintenance, and administration of the park. Visit the Montgomery County Web site for Norristown Farm Park.
A volleyball court and a horseshoe pit are located in the Picnic Pavilion Area adjacent to Parking Lot #3. Chess, checkers, and volleyball sets may be checked out at the park office. Restrooms are available here and at the park office.
The Kevin W. Walsh Memorial baseball field is leased to the West Norriton Little League, which has first priority in its use. If the field is vacant, park visitors may use it on a first-come, first-served basis.
Picnicking: There are several picnic areas throughout the park and two ADA accessible picnic pavilions. Each pavilion contains 14 picnic tables and accommodates up to 84 people for a total of 168 people. There are five charcoal grills at each pavilion. Groups, organizations and individuals wishing to reserve these pavilions for their function need to contact the park office for dates and availability. The picnic area is slated for expansion soon. One large picnic pavilion, four smaller picnic pavilions and two restrooms will be added and available for use. Check with the park office concerning availability.
The free "Concert in the Park" series is held on selected Saturdays from June through August, 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., at the picnic pavilion area. Check the Norristown Farm Park Web site for information on musical acts and dates. www.parks.montcopa.org/parks
Fishing: Visitors may fish at the Farm Pond or at either of the two trout-stocked streams, Stony Creek and Kepner Creek. A Pennsylvania fishing license and a trout stamp are required for persons age 16 and over and may be obtained by contacting the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission.
Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission laws apply. Complete information on fishing rules and regulations in Pennsylvania is available from the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission Web site.
Trails: 8 miles of trails
All paved trails can be accessed by wheelchairs. Some trails have hills that could impact wheelchair use. Check the contours on the map to determine changes in elevation and your ability to maneuver these grades. Several rustic nature trails are available for the adventuresome.
CAUTION: Any of the roads and trails could potentially be used by either park vehicles or farm equipment. Users will need to pay attention to other users of the roads and trails.
Public motor vehicles are restricted to the Upper Farm Road for access to the picnic pavilions and parking lots.
Interpretive Nature Trail: Just outside the park office is The Millennium Grove, one of two sites in Pennsylvania selected by the American Forest Foundation and the White House Millennium Council to promote the planting of historic tree groves in each state.
These trees have been propagated to continue the lineage of trees touched by important figures in our nation’s history. The Millennium Grove is a national program sponsored by U.S. Department of Agriculture, American Society of Landscape Architects, White House Millennium Council, and the American Forest Foundation. The groves are part of Millennium Green, the White House Millennium Council’s project which encourages people and businesses to plant and adopt trees, establish gardens, or care for a special natural resource treasure in honor of the new millennium.
The American Forest Foundation provided the initial 100 seedlings to SmithKline Beecham for donation to the Millennium Grove project at the park. These seedlings are from 21 parent trees of historic significance, including: the Johnny Appleseed tree; Hermitage Tulip Poplar; Trail of Tears Redbud; Minuteman Red Maple; John F. Kennedy Post Oak; Charter White Oak; Mark Twain Cave Bur Oak; Abraham Lincoln White Oak; Franklin D. Roosevelt Redbud; Ft. Atkinson Black Locust; Harriet Beecher Stowe White Ash; the Frederick Douglass White Oak and others.
Bicycle and Rollerblade Trails: The paved trails are open to bicyclists and rollerbladers. Please use caution as you share the trail with pedestrians, and obey all posted speed limits.
Cross-country Skiing: Any part of the park may be used for sledding, skiing (downhill or cross-country) or snowshoeing. The users assume all risk and liability when participating in these sports on park land.
Sledding: Any part of the park may be used for sledding, skiing (downhill or cross-country) or snowshoeing. The users assume all risk and liability when participating in these sports on park land.
Environmental Education and Interpretation
Naturalists from the Montgomery County Nature Center conduct various educational classes and activities at the site throughout the year. Information on upcoming programs and events can be found on the Parks and Heritage Services website, in brochures at park kiosks or by visiting the park office. Most of the programs are free; however, some carry a nominal fee to help cover the cost of materials or supplies used for a particular project or craft.
Access for People with Disabilities
If you need an accommodation to participate in park activities due to a disability, please contact the park you plan to visit.