“The Bridal Path trail starts at the northern end of Skyline Drive and traverses Mt Penn.”
— Fred Moreadith
Riding on this trail is OK for most weather conditions, although check your speed and tire PSI on the rocky areas and obstacles.
Family Friendly: The doubletrack allows for riders to traverse side by side. Younger riders should be observed by an adult, as this trail does move into some rocky sections.
The Bridal Path is one of best trails for families and and rider groups with multiple levels of riders, including Hand Cycles. The trail starts at a fire road entrance on the northern end of Skyline Drive and ends at the Pagoda. Parking be accessed at several locations, but the trail user will have to purposefully ride to either end of the trail via Skyline Drive or Duryea Drive. There is limited parking the northern most end of Skyline Drive and there is parking at the Pagoda.
This trail mainly consists of doubletrack and fire road, but don't be fooled or lulled into thinking that this is an "easy" trail. As with all trails on the Preserve, expect rocks and adjust to a lower tire pressure to smooth out the ride!
The middle section of this trail gets a little technical with an off camber rock section. This is where you move from a Green Circle to a Blue Square in difficulty. The end of this trail is worth the price of the 2.4 mile ride.....The Pagoda!
Commissioned in 1906 at a cost of $50,000 by William A. Witman, Sr. to cover his stone quarry, the Pagoda was completed in 1908. It was originally intended to be a luxury resort atop Mt. Penn, but due to the bank foreclosure and the denial of a liquor license, Witman never opened the Pagoda. By 1910 the structure and surrounding 10 acres were deeded to local business owner, Jonathon Mould and his wife, Julia (Bell). On April 21, 1911 they "sold" the Pagoda to the City of Reading for the sum of $1. Since then, the Pagoda has been owned, loved and cared for by the citizens and City of Reading.
It that's too much information, then ignore, and if it's not enough, then stop off at the Pagoda for a tour!
Enjoy the trails and the view and explore Mt Penn!