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The Blue Mountains

The Appalachian Mountains cross the Schuylkill River at the border of Berks and Schuylkill Counties. The Blue Mountains are the southernmost formation of the Appalachians and are part of the larger Kittatinny Ridge that extends into northern New Jersey. This region is known for its vast woodlands, small towns and villages, and is home to Hawk Mountain Sanctuary and the Appalachian Trail. Historically, the lush valleys of this region have been home to generations of Pennsylvania Dutch farmers. Visitors can experience the unique spiritual and artistic traditions of these German settlers by driving the “Hex Highway” along the southern edge of the ridge.

The Blue Mountains are also part of one of the most important flyways for migratory birds and provided birders unparalleled opportunities to view birds of prey during their annual migration.

Places to Visit in The Blue Mountains

Appalachian Trail Conservancy

The Appalachian Trail Conservancy is a volunteer-based, private nonprofit organization dedicated to the conservation of the 2,175-mile Appalachian National Scenic Trail, a 250,000-acre greenway extending from Maine to Georgia....

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Appalachian Trailhead

Port Clinton is a small town with a big story. The town of 300 sits in the gap where the Schuylkill River cuts through the in the Appalachian Mountains,...

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Bear Creek Environmental Area & Dr. James S. Shadle Nature Center

Nestled in the Appalachian Mountains of PA, the Dr. James S. Shadle Nature Center and the Bear Creek Environmental Area help people to connect with their natural heritage and...

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Blue Mountain Eagle Climbing Club

The Blue Mountain Eagle Climbing Club works to maintain over 64 miles of the Appalachian Trail in Berks, Schuylkill, and Lehigh Counties. On June 15, 1916, Dr. Harry F....

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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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Hawk Mountain Sanctuary

Hawk Mountain Sanctuary, located along the Appalachian Flyway in east-central Pennsylvania, offers an outstanding, year-round nature experience with educational displays, 8 miles of hiking trails and mountaintop vistas where...

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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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Orwigsburg Historical Society & Museum

The Orwigsburg Historical Society & Museum is dedicated to preserving the culture, history and architecture of Orwigsburg and Southern Schuylkill County.

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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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Schuylkill County Agricultural Museum

The museum has a collection of antique farm equipment, tractors, hit & miss engines, and machinery.

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Walk In Art Center

The Walk In Art Center is a non-profit organization founded in the belief that art and culture can positively affect the lives of all. Located in rural Schuylkill Haven,...

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