Frequently Asked Questions
1: What is the Schuylkill River National Heritage Area? The Schuylkill River National & State Heritage Area is located in Southeastern Pennsylvania, celebrates the rich culture and history of the Schuylkill River watershed as one of America's most significant cultural and industrial regions. The boundaries of the Heritage Area cover the Schuylkill River watershed in Schuylkill, Berks, Chester, Montgomery, and Philadelphia Counties. The Heritage Area is home to over 3.2 million people across the five counties. Approximately 1.75 million people draw their drinking water directly from the River.
2. How do you pronounce Schuylkill, and what does it mean? Schuylkill is pronounced SKOO-kill. It comes from Netherland Dutch and means Hidden River.
3: What kinds of activities do you offer in the Schuylkill River National Heritage Area? There are many historic sites and homes you can visit in the Heritage Area. A bike/hike trail stretches from Philadelphia to Oaks in Montgomery County, and is being extended on both ends by forward thinking organizations and communities. A Schuylkill River Water Trail was developed for canoes and kayaks, recognized by the American Canoe Association as a recommended Water Trail in 2005. The diverse collection of sites and organizations within the Schuylkill River Heritage Area offer seasonal and special events throughout the year. A visit to the official Schuylkill River Heritage Area website provides opportunity to learn more about the activities and events offered.
4: How do I learn more? Visit us at www.schuylkillriver.org
Did You Know?
American Shad, a native anadromous fish that returns to the Schuylkill River each spring to spawn, saved Washington’s army from starvation during the Valley Forge encampment in 1777.