It’s official. Punxsutawney Phil did not see his shadow, therefore we’re in for an early spring, and warmer weather, hopefully! You may be at that point in winter where you’re suffering from cabin fever and itching to get outdoors. Well lucky for you, Berks County is full of many great outdoor recreation spots for you to enjoy this spring and summer.
Antietam Lake Park offers 643 acres just east of the City of Reading and includes scenic ponds, access to Antietam Creek, meadows, and demonstration gardens. The outdoor site also features over 12 miles of interconnecting trails and a 22 acre Angora Fruit Farm, which is used as an outdoor classroom for year-round environmental education programs.
Whether you want to participate in a guided hike, go for a bike or horse ride, have a picnic by the swim beach, take your boat for a cruise, or cast a line in, the Blue Marsh Lake Recreation Area has an activity for everyone to enjoy.
Become one with nature when you pitch a tent or park your camper at the Blue Rocks Family Campground in Lenhartsville, PA. The camping destination is home to the Blue Rocks Boulder Field and is surrounded by miles of hiking trails with access to the Appalachian Trail.
Whether you’re an ameatur golfer or a professional, teeing off at the Chapel Hill Golf Course in Reading, PA can be a fun challenge! Test your skills on the beautiful green course and finish your day by enjoying refreshments at the clubhouse.
If you’re interested in bird watching, Hawk Mountain Sanctuary is the place to go! Bring your binoculars and prepare to be amazed at the majestic creatures that fly by. The view atop Hawk Mountain is beautiful and the sanctuary hosts many educational programs and classes year-round for visitors of all ages.
Step back in time and explore the Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site. Dating back to 1771, the iron plantation was once used to provide shot and canons for George Washington and then stoves and pig iron. The site is surrounded by French Creek State Park and State Game Lands and visitors can tour the property and buildings, watch a theater program, and visit the museum.
While the 8.7 mile Pulpit Rock/Pinnacle Loop circuit is more advanced than some of the other hiking trails in Berks County, the breathtaking views are well worth the climb. The trail, which is located near Hamburg, PA, reaches 1300 feet in elevation and peaks with a view of the entire region spanning below.
Take a leisurely stroll down the same path that mules once used to pull canal boat cargo down — the Union Canal Towpath Trail. The canal was originally 80 miles long when it was completed in 1827 and connects Reading to the Susquehanna River. Experience a piece of Berks County’s history as you get outdoors this season.
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Getting outdoors and exercising is not only beneficial for your physical health, but your mental health as well. There is no better place to appreciate the great outdoors than our own backyard in Berks County. The region’s picturesque waterways and 125 miles of biking and hiking trails offers limitless outdoor fun for every adventurer.