The region is best known for the vast quantities of hard anthracite coal that lay beneath the surface and helped fuel America's Industrial Revolution during the 19th and 20th centuries.
The Blue Mountains
The Blue Mountains are the southernmost formation of the Appalachians and are part of the larger Kittatinny Ridge that extends into northern New Jersey.
The East Penn Valley of Berks County is a region of lush farm fields, charming crossroads communities, and a rich Pennsylvania Dutch cultural tradition.
The Tulpehocken Creek bisects this beautiful, lush region that was home to one of the earliest German settlements in North America.
The City of Reading is at the center of the region and serves as the county seat and is emerging as a magnet for the region's growing arts and cultural communities.
The Oley Valley is among the most unique and picturesque regions in the Schuylkill River Heritage Area.
French & Pickering Valleys
The fields, forests, and communities that surround the French and Pickering Creeks are among the most scenic and historic in the Schuylkill River Heritage Area.
The Perkiomen and Unami Creeks flow out of the hills of eastern Montgomery County through a historically rich and culturally diverse part of the Schuylkill River Heritage Area.
The Skippack Valley was one of the most heavily industrialized creeks in America, home to dozens of mills and factories throughout the 18th and 19th centuries.
The Schuylkill River ends its journey winding through the City of Philadelphia, the fifth-largest city in the nation.