Berks County’s many public parks offer miles and miles of hiking or biking trails. The majority of the county owned parks are located to the northwest of Reading. In addition the state of Pennsylvania operates three parks in Berks County which also offer hiking and biking trails. Here are five of the many place in Berks to go for a walk.
1. Berks Leisure Area is a small park located in Wyomissing, PA The park offers a picnic area, badminton and other activities. There is also an iron and wood footbridge which leads to the Union Canal Bicycle and Walking Trail which starts on the opposite side of Tulpehocken Creek from the park.
According to the Berks County Parks Website, “This bridge marks the location of a mule bridge that was used in conjunction with the operation of the Union Canal. Crossing over the bridge from the Berks Leisure Area, the remains of lift Lock No. 51 of the Union Canal can be found.” The walking trail is around 4.5 miles long and leads to some other great spots where walking is part of the fun::
- 2. Grings Mill
- 3.Stonecliffe and
- 4.Red Bridge Recreational Area
5.French Creek State Park started out as an industrial settlement for a young America. The trees from the park were used to make charcoal for the blast furnaces of Hopewell Village. Today French Creek is a sprawling, 7,730-acre park which offers over 35 miles different hiking and biking trails which wind through the forest.
The longest of these trails is Boone Trail which the PA State Parks website says is a, “loop trail connects all major attractions of French Creek, making it an excellent route to see the park” There are also many other 1 miles trails are marked and lead to various points of interest in the park.
6. The Thun Trail runs along the old the railroad beds,which in years past serviced the city of Reading. The trail is part of the Schuylkill River Trail. The sections of the Thun trail which travel over railroad bridges built in 1918, provide impressive views of the Schuylkill River and the surrounding hills. The Schuylkill River Trail website states “there are two sections of Thun trail, the western end between Reading and Gibraltar is 5.8 miles long, and the eastern developed trail segment 8.9 miles long.Paralleling Routes 422 and 724, ” with a 4 mile on road route which connects the two.
7. Blue Marsh Lake is located a few miles outside the city of Reading. According to Go Reading Berks.com, “Blue March offers about 36 miles of trails.” which are good for every type of activity. The multi-use trail circles lake and can be used for hiking, biking, horseback riding and more.
Connected to the multi-use trail are the Skinner’s Loop and Foxtrot Hiking trails. In addition to these trails there are other trails with names like Squirrel;s Run, Eyes of the Eagle Sensory trail and the Great Oak Nature Trail. The good news about Blue Marsh Lake is the trails are designed for everyone from the novice hikers to those who like to walk for miles.
For more information on other great places in Berks County to walk,hike or bike check out the GoReadingBerks website.