Use caution in wet weather, as the rocky terrain can become slick. This loop and most of the Antietam trails are "all weather" with the exception of some secluded singletrack on other loops.
January - 8:00 am-5:00 pm
February - 8:00 am-5:30 pm
March - 8:00 am-7:00 pm
April - 8:00 am-8:00 pm
May - 8:00 am-8:30 pm
June/July - 8:00 am-9:00pm
August - 8:00 am-8:30 pm
September-8:00 am-8:00 pm
October - 8:00 am-6:30 pm
November-8:00 am-5:00 pm...
This trail system is part of the Antietam Lake Preserve and is managed by Berks County Parks, with assistance from Berks Area Mountain Biking Association. This loop is one of many in the preserve and is a great loop for beginners and families getting into Mountain Biking, consisting of mainly doubletrack and fire roads. You'll encounter some climbing and a few rocky spots and shallow water crossings, with a few descents should be anticipated. This and most loops at this park can be ridden in all weather conditions.
Family Friendly: Great loop for beginners and families getting into Mountain Biking, mainly double track and fire roads. Some climbing and a few rocky spots and shallow water crossings, with a few descents.
Need To Know
Park at the main parking area at the preserve and proceed to the Fire Gate and onto the trail and loop.
The first part of this loop incorporates the a trail with a red blaze. This Beginner loop/trail continues on the mid-level fire lanes and doubletrack, taking the rider by two sites of historic ruins (marked on the trail map). The loop finishes on a trail marked with a yellow blaze, which takes the rider back to the Bingaman House, or old caretaker's house, and the Parking area. This and most loops/trails at this park can be ridden in all weather conditions.
History & Background
Antietam Lake Park is Berks County's newest parkland acquisition. At 643 acres, Antietam Lake Park doubled the acreage of the park system and expanded opportunities for enjoyment of the scenic resources of the county. It is located primarily in Lower Alsace Township with a small portion in Alsace Township, just east of the City of Reading. This Plan promotes the conservation of the natural resources and historic elements at Antietam Lake while promoting sustainable public use and introducing public accommodations to enhance visitor experiences.
Historic content can be found in detail on the Trail map located at the main parking area.