Schuylkill County Hiking Trails

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Real Estate Broker/Owner with Erica Ramus - Ramus Realty Group - Pottsville, PA RM420589

Appalachian Trail -- The AT wanders through Schuylkill County and there are several places where you can pick up a section along the Blue Mountain.

- off Routes 645 and 501 south of Pine Grove

- from Route 183, between Summit Station and Shartlesville (Berks)

- off Route 61 at Port Clinton, from Hawk Mountain Road between Drehersville and Kempton (Berks)

- off Route 309 between the village of Snyders and Schnecksville (Lehigh)

 

Swatara State Park -- Swatara is located west of Pine Grove and features an awesome fossil pit and a section of the Appalachian Trail. It features a two-mile trail that includes stretches of the old canal towpath.

Frog Hollow Environmental Education Center -- Frog Hollow is a 28-acre forested preserve by the Upper Little Swatara Creek in Freidensburg, PA. Trails are open seven days during daylight hours only. Fall is a wonderful to take a walk in Frog Hollow along the Woodland Walkway, Creekway Walkway or the Wildflower Walkway. To get there, take Route 443 west from Schuylkill Haven, towards Pine Grove. Turn right at the Friedensburg County Store (just after the Post Office). Left at the stop sign, and watch for signs on your right.

Historic Tow Path Trail -- Situated along the Schuylkill River at Port Clinton is a two-mile riverbank trail, which meanders through a number of Schuylkill Canal Locks. This trail passes through State Game Lands, therefore access is limited during Hunting Season. Be careful and watch for hunters during fall and winter seasons. Wear orange blaze.

Lehigh & New England Rail-Trail -- The Eastern Schuylkill Recreation Commission opened the Lehigh & New England Rail-Trail in June 2002. The 2.8-mile trail runs along the east side of Route 309 between Mermon Motors in Tamaqua and Dairy Road in West Penn Township (across from the old Leiby's Restaurant). The trail is a crushed stone surface and is approximately 8-10 feet wide. The trail passes by the historic Shellhammer's Dam/Ice House and also has links to state game lands and streams for both fishing and hunting access. This trail also has numerous scenic rock faces. The trail is open to all non-motorized use, including running, walking, biking, and hiking.

John Bartram Trail -- This trail uns from Kernsville Dam in Hamburg to the Schuylkill River in Auburn. It follows the old Pennsylvania Railroad line and will eventually run into Pottsville and points north. Accessing the trail is easy. From Schuylkill County, travel south on Rt. 61 to the light for Cabela’s. Turn left at this light to drive by the Cracker Barrel Restaurant. Pass this restaurant, cross railroad tracks and turn left onto Kernsville Dam Road. Drive a very short distance to see the trail parking lot on your right. The trail begins on the left and features a very nice surface and is dog friendly but please pickup after your pooch. Flat and easy trail.

Locust Lake State Park & Tuscarora State Park -- Locust Lake is in Ryan Township near Barnesville off Interstate 81 near Exit 131A-East (Rt. 54 Hometown). Several trails of varying difficulty are located here but a nice trail loops around the lake. Tuscarora State Park is very close to Locust Lake State Park. Located near Tamaqua it features six trails of varying difficulty and dogs are welcome in both parks as long as they are on a leash.

 

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Some of the names are enough to make me want to have some fun, such as Frog Hollow and the Lehigh & New England Rail Trail.

Sep 13, 2010 05:18 AM #1
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Tammie White
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Erica, I have done quite a bit of hiking through national and state parks.  Many visitors will find this information useful and may just decide this is a great place for a new home.

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Great hyper-local post featuring these hiking trails though I am embarrassed to say that I chuckled a bit when I read the Appalachian Trail was included. ;-)

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Russel -- Frog Hollow is only a few miles from my home. It's a nice walk!

Tammie -- I am not a big hiker but our area is known for its hiking/hunting lands.

Russell -- Glad you liked that mention! Yep, hyperlocalism at work.

Sep 14, 2010 08:25 AM #4
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