The Schuylkill Canal Association (SCA) maintains the 2.5-mile rural waterway known historically as Oakes Reach. The Schuylkill Canal Park, its present day name, consists of the canal waterway and its natural and paved towpath, over 5-miles of trails leading hikers through 60 acres of woodlands and multiple trail systems connecting with Montgomery County Parks at both ends of the canal. Lock 60 on the Schuylkill Canal and the 1836 Locktender's House have been restored recreating for visitors a 19th century canal era setting displaying the industrial engineering used to build Pennsylvania's first navigation system opened in 1825. Lock 60 is the only restored lock that is fully operational of the historic 108-mile long Schuylkill Navigation. A demonstration of the lock operation is performed during each month's Locktender's Open House and for special events such as SCA's annual Canal Day and the Holiday Luminaria and Christmas Open House.
Facility Amenities: ADA-compliant, Bus Parking, Free Admission
General Information: Hours: Open house, third Sunday of each month (except June & Dec.), 1 PM to 4 PMLock opening at 3 PM on that 3rd Sunday. House and Lock openings also by appointment