outdoor adventures


Adventure travelers, what’s your favorite way to play? Is it cycling or mountain biking?  Hiking or running? Cross-country skiing or snowboarding?  Kayaking or fishing?  No matter how you play, find it in Pennsylvania’s Americana Region.  That’s right; our region’s trails, forests, parks, and waterways guarantee outdoor fun and fresh air all year long. See for yourself!

Why not start with our trails? Nestled in our mountains, the Greater Reading Trails System (GRTS) delivers over 125 miles of biking and hiking trails for you to explore.  In fact, GRTS is the only Bronze Level International Mountain Biking Association Ride Center in the northeastern United States.  It doesn’t matter if you’re just beginning or a seasoned biker/hiker… you’ll run out of time before you run out of trails.

Berks County’s outdoor adventures don’t stop there.  Cyclists, pedal your way across our picturesque countryside, through covered bridges, past colorful hex signs, rolling fields, even horse-drawn buggies. You can ride for miles and miles.  Prefer the water? Paddle your way across pristine lakes and down flowing rivers…in fact, you can hike, bike or float right along/on* the Schuylkill River for miles.
*with the Schuylkill River as your guide.

If bird watching is a must, world renown, Hawk Mountain Sanctuary is one of the best places in North America to watch the annual hawk migration, plus views from its look-outs are beyond breath-taking. Try night hiking under the stars at South Mountain YMCA.  You won’t want to miss our golf courses, disc golf, balloons rides, caves, camping…  Told you, it’s always an adventure.


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Trails from beginner to advanced, come check out our amazing mountain biking, hiking and riding trails. Not a biking enthusiast? No worries. Lace up your hiking shoes or play by our water.

Biking | Hiking | Horseback Riding | Parks
Download a trail brochure with map! (PDF Format)

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Fancy yourself a fisherman? Greater Reading offers some of the best fly-fishing around. On a hot summer day, what could be better than fishing, kayaking, or tubing on the scenic Schuylkill River or beautiful Blue Marsh Lake? Set sail on your next adventure at Blue Marsh Lake or the Schuylkill River. Or, just try fishing at the Tulpehocken Creek.

 Fishing | Boating | Parks

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Once our beautiful greenery re-emerges, Greater Reading’s rolling hills create the perfect terrain for golf courses. The hardest part might be deciding which to play! Hit the links on the rolling hills of Berks County at one of our many picturesque and pristine golf courses.


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Pitch your tent, park your RV or snuggle up in a cabin. Count your lucky stars and enjoy the great outdoors of Greater Reading.


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During the winter months, enjoy cross-country skiing on one of the many trails or head to Bear Creek Mountain Resort for skiing, snowboarding and snow tubing. Whoosh!