PLEASE NOTE: The Kernsville Dam area is CLOSED and marked NO TRESPASSING. This includes the Peace Rock area and the Kernsville Dam itself. The first parking lot is still open to the public for parking so that visitors may legally use the Schuylkill River Trail Bartram Section. Boaters are allowed to use the river, aside from the area immediately before and after the dam.
The following statement was issued by the Pennsylvania Dept. of Environmental Protection in August 2016: "The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection would like to remind Pennsylvania residents and visitors that the property along the Schuylkill River upstream of the Kernsville Dam to state Route 61 is not a public area and should not be used as such. Use of the property alongside and near the river, including Peace Rock, the dam, the beach area and all adjacent areas, is considered trespassing, except to provide portage around the Kernsville Dam. There are features on the properties at Kernsville Dam that present hazards to unauthorized persons. Boaters are allowed to use the river, aside from the area immediately before and after the dam, in accordance with PA Fish and Boat Commission rules and regulations.
The Kernsville Dam and its attendant desilting basin was erected in 1949 to capture and remove coal silt from the river. The area has become an important wilderness area, boasting a variety of wildlife in the water, in the air and on the land.
The Appalachian Trail, running from Maine to Georgia, tracks through its upper reaches and the John B. Bartram Section of the Schuylkill River Trail has a trailhead across from the Desilting Monument.
From Route 61N, turn right at JETSON DR.,RIGHT at INDUSTRIAL DR.,LEFT at KERNSVILLE DAM RD. (after crossing single railroad tracks. Look for desilting monument.)