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The longest walking path in the world [the Appalachian Trail] follows along the northern border of Berks County and Schuylkill County, PA. Many who hike this area include a climb to the 1,600-foot Pinnacle near Hamburg. The Pinnacle rewards its visitors with some of the best views on the Pennsylvania segment of the Appalachian Trail. From its summits, hikers are privy to the breathtaking vistas of Hawk Mountain, the beautiful rolling hills and valleys of our region, and the spectacular sight of Blue Rocks Boulder Field.
While the main purpose of Blue Marsh was to provide flood control to part of the Schuylkill River Valley, over the years the lake has become a recreational hotspot. With over 36 miles of trails, 6200 acres of land, 1148 acres of water, picnic areas, a small beach and boat launches the lake can accommodate all kinds of outdoor enthusiasts. Over the years, the park staff has increased outreach efforts and organizes volunteers for events that happen all year round. Three of the larger programs include Earth Day At Blue Marsh Lake (formerly Take Pride in Blue Marsh) (April), Get Outdoors Day (June), and National Public Lands Day (September). Tours and programs for school and civic groups emphasize the Corps missions, water safety and outdoor recreation.
Lost River Caverns and Gilman’s “at the cave” have been in business continuously since 1930, offering tours of the caverns and a full line of products for all aspects of jewelry making. We carry a wide selection of findings, gem stones, metals and tools, lapidary supplies and equipment, and much more! Also be sure to check out our variety of minerals and crystals for sale. We look forward to welcoming you, whether you’re coming for a tour or to shop the store!
Once an industrial complex for the fledgling United States of America, today French Creek State Park is an oasis for people and wildlife. Straddling the Schuylkill Highlands, the 7,730-acre park is the largest block of contiguous forest between Washington D.C. and New York City.
Those same habitats are homes to many animals and plants that are rare in this corner of the commonwealth. French Creek State Park is an Important Bird is designated by the National Audubon Society, and an Important Mammal Area as designated by the Pennsylvania Game Commission. Pine Swamp is a State Park Natural Area.
Come visit Pennsylvania’s most popular natural attraction. Learn about the cave in the Crystal Cave Theater before trained guides lead you through an array of spectacular milky white stalactites, stalagmites, pillar & dripstone formations, all enhanced by indirect lighting. Marvels of stone formations, some of which are more than half a million years old, include the Cathedral Chamber, the Prairie Dogs, the Giant’s Tooth, the Ear of Corn and Tobacco Leaves, the Natural Bridge, the Indian Head, the Totem Pole, and the Crystal Ballroom. One popular rock formation looks like an upside-down ice cream cone, with different colored calcite deposits that resemble vanilla and chocolate ice cream! Concrete walks and steel railings ensure your safety through your descent 125 feet underground. The temperature is a constant and comfortable 54 degrees, so bring a sweater!
Thrill to more than 125 miles of trails in the only Bronze Level Ride Center of the International Mountain Biking Association on the East Coast. Trails range in difficulty from beginner-friendly to some of the most technical, rock-strewn trails you’ll experience anywhere. Right nearby, there’s an abundance of in-town amenities, bike shops, craft beer bars, hotels, music venues, restaurants and sporting events. Berks Area Mountain Biking Association has done a phenomenal job expanding and maintaining the trails, which were the training ground of World Cup downhill racer Neko Mullaly and the annual Duryea Downhill Race.