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The Canal Street Pub - canalstreetpub.com/
This former home for Reading Hardware Company is now a great place to park and start/finish your exercise in the Reading area. Access to the Neversink trail network is a meager five minute trip from here.
The beer selection is always deep with a solid rotating tap and bottle selection. Ask for the regular bottle list for even more choices. The Growlers (burgers) and the Hostile Mussels are a must! The kitchen will even cater to Vegetarians and Vegans.

Mike's Tavern - Another supporter of the local IMBA chapter (BAMBA). The owner Pete is a an avid outdoorsman and his bar is the quintessential town bar. Catering to local factory workers for years Mike's tavern has a great collection of local memorabilia. Great microbrews on tap an in the fridge. Feeling brave? Sample the homemade boilo. Facebook Page for Mike's Tavern: facebook.com/pages/Mikes-Ta…

More great options (including breweries and wineries) can be found here: gogreaterreading.com/Things…

Camping & Lodging

Good Sam RV & Travel Guide link for Reading, PA area: goodsamcamping.com/travel/c…

Visiting Tips

Conditions permitting, we use the trails all year round. As most of the Mid-Atlantic, the Fall along with the turning of the leaves is arguably the most picturesque. Check our average annual weather stats: weather.com/weather/wxclima…

Other Activities

With several state & county parks lakes, streams and the might Schuylkill River in our backyard Reading hosts a deep running, triathlon, and boating community.

Go Greater Reading does an amazing job of compiling all the activities in the Reading Area: gogreaterreading.com/

Pagoda Pacers Running - pagodapacers.com/

Reading Triathlon hosts Open Water Swims! - readingtriathlon.com/Open-W…

Have a boat? - schuylkillriver.org/detail.…

Are you a car enthusiast? Check out the Duryea/Pagoda Hillclimb series - pahillclimb.org/about/the-c…

For the Jazz lover in you - berksjazzfest.com/

We have a vibrant Art scene - goggleworks.org/

See the latest release in IMAX - rctheatres.com/loc_reading.asp

How about some rock climbing? Indoor options as well as outdoor - readingrocks.com/

Recommended Routes in Greater Reading - 5

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Favorite PA French Creek State Park Trailhead at Shed Road.
Intermediate

Chestnut Hill Loop

6.8 mi 11.0 km 922' Up 281.02 m Up 920' Down 280.46 m Down

Birdsboro, PA
Favorite No Photos
Intermediate

Lake Border Trail

29.7 mi 47.8 km 1,731' Up 527.64 m Up 1,733' Down 528.24 m Down

Spring…, PA
Favorite The famous Rock Pile
Intermediate/Difficult

Charlie Horse Trail Half Marathon

14.2 mi 22.9 km 1,736' Up 528.99 m Up 1,480' Down 451 m Down

Birdsboro, PA
Favorite Stream along Union Canal Path in winter.
Intermediate

Kris Kringle 5 Mile Run

5.2 mi 8.3 km 208' Up 63.29 m Up 207' Down 63.18 m Down

Spring…, PA
Favorite Part of Boone near Scott's Lake.
Intermediate

French Creek State Park Loop with Horseshoe Trail

6.1 mi 9.8 km 673' Up 205.1 m Up 673' Down 205.28 m Down

Birdsboro, PA

Greater Reading Running

  • 149 Miles 239 Kilometers of Trail
  • 5 Recommended Routes
  • 5 Easy Trails Easy Trails
  • 22 Intermediate Trails Intermediate Trails
  • 1 Difficult Trail Difficult Trails
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Trails in Greater Reading - 23

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2.2 mi 3.5 km #1Deep Woods Trail
Intermediate
Elverson, PA
Intermediate
Elverson, PA
1.0 mi 1.5 km #2Chief's Grove Trail
Intermediate
Elverson, PA
Intermediate
Elverson, PA
0.6 mi 1.0 km #3Hopewell Trail
Easy
Amity Gardens, PA
Easy
Amity Gardens, PA
0.5 mi 0.8 km #4Creek Trail
Intermediate
Elverson, PA
Intermediate
Elverson, PA
0.3 mi 0.4 km #5Dragon's Back
Difficult
Mount Penn, PA
Difficult
Mount Penn, PA
4.9 mi 7.9 km #6Turtle Trail
Intermediate
Birdsboro, PA
Intermediate
Birdsboro, PA
4.4 mi 7.1 km #7Boone Trail
Intermediate
Birdsboro, PA
Intermediate
Birdsboro, PA
4.8 mi 7.7 km #8Mill Creek Trail
Intermediate/Difficult
Birdsboro, PA
Intermediate/Difficult
Birdsboro, PA
1.3 mi 2.1 km #9Coffee Pot Hollow Trail
Intermediate
Grill, PA
Intermediate
Grill, PA
2.6 mi 4.2 km #10Exeter Scenic River Trail
Easy
Mount Penn, PA
Easy
Mount Penn, PA

Photos of Greater Reading - 21

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Part of Boone near Scott's Lake.
Jan 10, 2021 near Birdsboro, PA
The famous Rock Pile
Jan 23, 2019 near Flying…, PA
Stream along Union Canal Path in winter.
Feb 17, 2016 near Spring…, PA
Second crossing of Hay Creek
Jan 23, 2019 near Birdsboro, PA
Climb above Birdsboro Reservoir
Jan 23, 2019 near Birdsboro, PA
The Start of the Charlie Horse Trail Half Marathon
Jan 23, 2019 near Birdsboro, PA
The trail from the woods to the meadow at Crow's Nest Preserve.
Feb 11, 2016 near Elverson, PA
Harmonyville Road - the entrance to the Deep Woods Trail is just up this road and to the left.
Feb 11, 2016 near Elverson, PA