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Berks County

Berks County is a diamond-shaped urban area in southeastern Pennsylvania. The Blue Ridge Mountains, part of the bigger Appalachian Mountain range, make up the the northern and southern borders of the county. Berks is considered to be part of Pennsylvania Dutch Country. In 1736, a group of Amish settled along the Northkill Creek but the settlement didn’t last long as a result of the French and Indian War. The area is full of must-see attractions including several accessible right from the Schuylkill River Trail.

Sites on the Trail in Berks County

Allegheny Aqueduct Historical Park

The Allegheny Aqueduct was built by the Schuylkill Navigation Company in 1824 under the direction of Engineer Ephriam Beech. This “bridge for boats” was needed because the Allegheny Creek...

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Berks County Heritage Center

The Heritage Center is located along the Tulpehocken Creek west of Reading and is home to the Gruber Wagon Works, a National Historic Landmark, the C. Howard Hiester Canal...

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Berks Nature

Berks Nature has been serving the Berks County community since 1974. The Conservancy works with landowners to permanently protect land from development, townships and boroughs on zoning issues, developers...

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Blue Marsh Lake

Blue Marsh Lake is a man-made lake along the Tulpehocken Creek that features numerous boating, hiking, biking, and birdwatching opportunities. It is maintained by the Philadelphia District, U.S. Army...

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Goggleworks Center for the Arts

The GoggleWorks offers 145,000 square feet of dynamic space, including: galleries; classrooms; dance and music studios; a darkroom; a glass blowing facility, plus a warm and cold glass studio/classroom;...

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Hamburg Area Historical Society

The purpose of the society is to preserve the historic records of the area encompassing the Hamburg Area School District by collecting historical materials and pertinent artifacts. In March...

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Kernsville Dam Recreation Area

PLEASE NOTE: The Kernsville Dam area is CLOSED and marked NO TRESPASSING. This includes the Peace Rock area and the Kernsville Dam itself. The first parking lot is still...

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Leesport Locktender’s House

The Leesport Lock House, built in 1834 by the Schuylkill Navigation Company, was an integral part of canal development and community and rural life from 1820 to the early...

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Morlatton Village

Morlatton Village is Berks County’s first settlement site along the Schuylkill River at Douglassville. The site includes the Mouns Jones House, built by Swedish settlers in 1716, is the...

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PA German Cultural Heritage Center

The Pennsylvania German Cultural Heritage Center at Kutztown University is a place, a museum, and a year-round program. The Center represents the commitment of Kutztown University to the preservation...

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Reading Area Community College Yocum Library

The Yocum Library is the main library of Reading Area Community College. Although RACC students, staff, and faculty are the focus of the library’s resources and services, the library...

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Reading Public Museum

Because the Museum has its roots in the public school system, there is a rich tradition of using the collections for teaching and research. Every year, thousands of elementary...

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Reading Railroad Heritage Museum

The Reading Railroad Heritage Museum is located at 500 South Street in Hamburg. Railroad artifacts and photographs interpret the influence of the Reading Railroad on culture, business, railroad technology,...

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Ridgewood Farmstead & Winery

Ridgewood Farmstead & Winery is a Nationally Registered Historic Site and has been in some form of existence since 1725. The Lewis family first built the Ridgewood Farm in...

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