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Greater Reading is bursting with places to experience outdoor adventure. Adrenaline junkies will love the rush of Maple Grove Raceway and the pedal-pounding fun of Blue Marsh Lake’s bike trails. For a slower pace, hike at Gring’s Mill, Nolde Forest and French Creek. Trek to the top of Hawk Mountain Sanctuary for a bird’s-eye-view of the majestic raptors that soar above the 2,600-acre reserve. Ranked as Audubon Magazine’s #1 Hawk Watch in the country, Hawk Mountain boasts spectacular landscapes especially during fall migration and foliage season. No matter the time of year, you'll make memories here.
Allegheny Aqueduct/ Beidler House
The Schuylkill Navigation Company built the Allegheny Aqueduct in 1824. This “bridge for boats” was needed for the water of the canal to successfully cross over the Allegheny Creek. Restoration of the Aqueduct took place in 1983 and the structure was listed as a National Historic Site. The Beidler House was built in 1783 by Conrad Beidler to serve as a home for the operator of the nearby grist mill. The house is now open by appointment and for special programs.
Angelica Park Environmental Exploration Center
The Alvernia campus adjoins 128-acre Angelica Park with picnic areas, walking paths, and other recreational areas. In addition, new baseball and softball fields were recently constructed in Angelica Park.
Antietam Lake Park
Located in Lower Alsace is this 643-acre watershed and recreation area. The 13.5 acre lake served as a water supply for the City of Reading for almost 100 years and is now a popular fishing and hiking spot. Pets and horseback riding are allowed in this park area.
The Appalachian Trail is one of the longest continuously marked footpaths in the world, measuring roughly 2,180 miles in length. The Trail goes through fourteen states along the crests and valleys of the Appalachian mountain range from the southern terminus at Springer Mountain, Georgia, to the Trail’s northern terminus at Katahdin, Maine.
Arrowhead Public Golf Course
Conveniently located in Douglassville. Our two courses, the nine hole Blue Course and the eighteen hole Red & White course, will challenge golfers at all levels of play. The Blue course is a regulation par 35 course at 2,505 yards, with one par 5 and two par 3s.
The Red & White course is a par 71, 6,002-yard course, with four par 5s and five par 3s, one of which is 245 yards. We offer a snack bar, rentals, leagues, golf outings and a top-of-the-line Pro-Shop for all your golfing needs.
BALLOON RIDES DAILY by the U.S. Hot Air Balloon Team
COME UP – SLOW DOWN! Create a lifetime memory. Relax and enjoy the exhilaration of floating effortlessly over the Schuylkill River Valley in a beautiful hot air balloon. AM/PM rides available daily. Or, give the “Ultimate Gift” for any occasion. Call to reserve your flight.
BAMBA (Berks Area Mountain Biking Association)
BAMBA was established in 2012 as an IMBA (International Mountain Bicycling Association) Chapter in Berks County. BAMBA is a non-profit educational association whose mission is to create, enhance and preserve great trail experiences for mountain bikers in Berks County. BAMBA seeks to preserve, protect, and promote mountain bike access and diverse riding opportunities within Berks County’s public and private lands through education, communication, and unified action.
Bear Creek Mountain Resort and Conference Center
Bear Creek Mountain Resort is nestled on over 330 acres in Macungie, PA. The resort offers skiing, snowboarding and snowtubing during the winter and hiking, biking, boating, geocaching, disc golf and tennis from spring through fall. Bear Creek hosts corporate meetings, weddings and social parties year-round. Guests can dine at The Grille at Bear Creek or the Trail’s End Cafe, relax at The Spa at Bear Creek or vacation at The Hotel at Bear Creek.
Berks County Heritage Center
The Berks County Heritage Center is a historical interpretive complex commemorating important eras of our cultural history. The Heritage Center hosts the annual Heritage Festival in October and several other annual events, along with a seasonal Interpretive Program series featuring workshops and programs for all ages. For a program guide, call 610-374-8839 or e-mail the Heritage Center at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Heritage Center is open from May 1 through the last Sunday in October.The hours are Tuesday-Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., and Sunday 12:00 to 5:00 p.m.; the center is also open summer holidays. Tours are available daily; the last tour leaves one hour before closing.
Berks County Parks & Recreation Department
The Berks County Parks & Recreation Department comprises 11 different Park areas throughout Berks County.
The 360 acre – 4.5 mile long Tulpehocken Creek Valley Park System includes: Stonecliffe Recreation Area, Berks Leisure Area/Sheeler House; Gring’s Mill Recreation Area; Red Bridge Recreation Area; the Berks County Heritage Center and the Union Canal Towpath Bicycle & Walking Trail. The Parks System also has outlying Parks around the County. Kaercher Creek Park is in Hamburg; the Allegheny Aqueduct/Beidler House is in Gibraltar; and Antietam Lake Park in Lower Alsace Township.
Picnic facilities, tennis and volleyball courts, play areas, special events, educational programs, festivals and concerts are held throughout the year.
Blue Marsh Lake (Recreation Area)
Located six miles northwest of Reading, Blue Marsh Dam was authorized by Congress for flood control, water supply, water quality and recreation. From hiking, biking, boating, and horseback riding to fishing, picnicking, water skiing and snow-shoeing, Blue Marsh is a lake for all seasons. Public programs are offered by the project staff and include tower tours, trail walks, and water safety programs.
Body Zone Sports & Wellness Complex
Body Zone Sports and Wellness Complex has something for every visitor! Whether you just want to stop over for a day and workout, take group exercise classes, swim laps, go ice skating, or play ball on one of our indoor fields or basketball court, we have something for everyone. Visit our website or call today!
Cherry-Crest Adventure Farm
A leader on the growing edge of "agri-tainment", we work hard to give your family an opportunity to laugh and learn while engaging in a variety of wholesome activities on our working farm! We farm 365 days a year but the "agri-tainment" division is open just 85 days. We're also a great choice for school or work groups looking to book a field trip, company picnic, teambuilding event, or when looking for fun things to do or tourist attractions. Our farm has so much to offer, you'll need 4-5 hours to experience everything!
City Park & Fireman's Bandshell
Berks Arts Council presents the Bandshell Concert Series. Concerts are held annually at Reading's Volunteer Firemen's Memorial Bandshell in City Park at Hill Road & Constitution Boulevard in Reading.
French Creek State Park
Once an industrial complex for the fledgling United State of America, today French Creek State Park is an oasis for people and wildlife. Straddling the Schuylkill Highlands, the 7,730-acre park is the largest block of contiguous forest between Washington D.C. and New York City. The forests, lakes, wetlands and fields are a destination for the people of southeast Pennsylvania to hike, fish, camp and bike.
Golden Oaks Golf Club
Golden Oaks Golf Club and Restaurant is located on 662, just south of Fleetwood, Pa. and route 12. Golden Oaks is a Semi-Private Golf Club. Open to the public all year! The Golf Course is a 7,100 Championship Course with both Ladies and Senior tees, as well as three Men’s tees that enables players of all skill levels to enjoy their game.
Gring’s Mill Recreation Area
The historic buildings at Gring's Mill Recreation Area house the Berks County Parks and Recreation Department's administration and maintenance offices. An information center, group meeting facilities, snack bar, and restrooms are located in the adjoining barn. Recreation facilities include six tennis courts, a softball field, an eighteen station exercise course, and one sand volleyball court. A game court area features volleyball and shuffleboard courts, quoits, and horseshoe pits.
Hawk Mountain Sanctuary
World famous outdoor destination for hiking, scenic views, hawk watching and more. Open daily, year round. National natural landmark featuring a Visitor Center, bookstore, trails, and overlooks. Programs throughout the year listed on our website.
Hawk Mountain Sanctuary
Hawk Mountain is a scientific research center, an international conservation training site, a learning facility for all ages, an eco-tourism destination, a wildlife sanctuary open to the public year-round, and the world's largest member-supported raptor conservation organization. It is one of the best places in northeastern North America to view the annual autumn hawk migration.
Levinus W. Hunsicker acquired the grove property in 1929 from the Crane Ironworks Company in conjunction with the with the Lock Ridge Furnace. Located in Longswamp Township, this 49-acre park is able to accommodate large groups under a pavilion for company picnics and family reunions on a reservation basis.
Iron Valley Golf Course
Opened in the spring of 2000, this public 18-hole golf course was designed by world renowned architect, P.B. Dye, and offers natural terrain, expansive vistas, extreme elevations changes and a challenging layout. Full service restaurant and bar, locker rooms, and Pro-shop on site. With friendly staff, distinguishing landscape, and upscale amenities, you are assured an unforgettable experience. Come out and enjoy a day at Iron Valley Golf Course, “A Course Like No Other.”
Kaercher Creek Park
Kaercher Creek Park offers recreation opportunities in northern Berks County. The park is developed around a 40-acre-lake, complete with a fishing dock, boat dock, and a boat launching ramp for non-motorized boats.