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Canal Street Pub to Blue Marsh Lake via Schuylkill River Trail (SRT) & Union Canal Trail

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 4.0 (1) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

A great beginner friendly ride.


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10.4

Miles

16.7

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Singletrack

327' 100 m

High

199' 61 m

Low

282' 86 m

Up

228' 69 m

Down

1%

Avg Grade (1°)

8%

Max Grade (5°)

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Overview

A great way to ride your bike out to Blue Marsh Lake. The portion through Reading could be better maintained, the Union Canal Section is the complete opposite; well kept, scenic w/ historical stops and a great place to take the family.

Description

Park at Canal Street Pub and ride across the street to access the SRT. The trail is right on the other side of the railroad tracks.

The early goings of this trail are paved and parallels the Schuylkill river. The first mile may have some broken glass and local "flavor." If you'd like to avoid both of these just ride on Canal Street and take a left on River Front drive.

The section from Reading Area Community College to Schuylkill Avenue Bridge can also have some trash and shady characters.

The first few miles quickly change from less maintained area to beautifully maintained area.

From Stone Cliff Action Park (Skateboard/BMX/Scooter friendly) the SRT turns into Union Canal and is quite nice for a rail trail. Keep heading north and it only becomes better.

More information:

Union Canal Trail co.berks.pa.us/Dept/Parks/P…

Schuylkill River Trail
co.berks.pa.us/Dept/Parks/P…

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Stephan Kincaid

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Bridge crossing over the Tulpehocken Creek.
Jun 10, 2014 near Spring…, PA
The Lake Broder Trail starts from lower lot of Stilling Basin
Jul 7, 2014 near Spring…, PA

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