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H3 Beginner Hike # 2 - Schuylkill River Trail @ Spring City

This is the second Beginner Hike scheduled during the month of June.  The objective is to walk (3) three miles on this "exploratory" hike on a trail of mostly crushed stone, although selected areas have been paved that make up a portion of the Schuylkill River Trail.  We will start at the Spring City Entrance, and walk 1.5 miles down and 1.5 miles back for a total of 3 miles.  See the trail map below. We will follow the red trail line that borders the Schuylkill River.

Please plan to arrive at 5:45PM for introductions and count-off, with a prompt scheduled departure for 6:00PM.  The hike will last 90 minutes.

Situated among a backdrop of manufacturing, a variety of wildlife can be seen on this trail to include: deer, birds of all species, and flying fish...usually coming out of the river :).  The trail is friendly to runners, walkers, and bikers.  

The Schuylkill River Trail is a regional, multi-municipal effort involving Counties, local municipalities, and conservation organizations. When completed, the trail will ultimately span 128 miles, and connect Pottsville and Schuylkill County with the Delaware River in Philadelphia.  When completed in Chester County, the trail will parallel the Schuylkill River from the Route 422 bridge at Pottstown, south to the Route 29 bridge into Mont Clare.

Historically the trail sits on the site of the former Pennsylvania Railroad track.  The area was a key component to the manufacturing age that took place in the Philadelphia area from the late 1800s through the turn of the century.  The track was dismantled in 1982 after having been abandoned year’s prior.  Join me as we explore this interesting place in history.

As always...PLEASE REMEMBER TO HYDRATE BEFORE THE HIKE AND BRING PLENTY OF WATER, snacks and other essential items you may need.

You may also want to consider bringing a first aid kit, walking stick(s), field guides, sunglasses, sun block, insect repellent, binoculars, and a camera.

For those with Asthma, Allergies or Special Conditions...Please Bring Inhalers, Allergy Meds, Epi Pens and Anything Else That You May Need and Let Me Know At The Start of The Hike.

Dogs on leashes are Welcome.  

NOTICE: By attending an event you are agreeing that YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR YOUR OWN SAFETY AT ALL TIMES. No member of the group EXCEPT YOURSELF can be held responsible for any damages, accidents, or liabilities incurred while hiking with us.

Weather Cancellation Policies:

Rain "MAY" Cancel This Hike and Severe thunderstorms Will Definitely Cancel This Hike.


Welcome those who will join on this exploratory hike as those who have been out with the group before to join us on this adventure!  This hike will be cross-posted to our friends in Party at Your Favorite Hangout and Downingtown Singles.  

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  • Careyann

    This hike was so much fun! If you told me six months ago I would be leading a hike, I would have laughed. Thank you to:
    Jen- documenting my documenting for tracking distance
    Laurene- great co-photographer
    George- going the extra mile
    Rob- keen eye for mile markers
    Richard- knowledge transfer
    (We learned the local water company uses 3 Million gallons of water per day from the Schuylkill River for its supply).
    and Mike- for sweeping us along!

    Total of 4.11 Miles from the train station, to the trail and back, finishing in 1:15:06 @ an average of 18 minutes per mile with high humidity. Enough exercise to warrant a post hike social of Cajun fare at The French Quarter Bistro in Royersford!

    2 · June 16, 2014

  • Rachael S.

    sorry - I can't make it! Hope to see you soon

    June 16, 2014

    • Careyann

      Hi Rachael, thank you for sending the note. We will see you soon.

      June 16, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    was looking forward to this hike but family obligation interfering. will watch to see if it is repeated

    June 12, 2014

    • Careyann

      Hi Sally! Thank you, I will certainly do that. Please check out the other two beginner hikes on the following two Mondays @ Binky Lee in Chester Springs and Woodlawn Wildlife Refuge in Chadds Ford.

      June 14, 2014

  • Careyann

    I am still working to confirm if you able to bring Dogs on a leash. Please reply in the comments section +1 Dog and I will ensure to confirm directly.

    June 5, 2014

    • Careyann

      Dogs on leashes are welcome.

      1 · June 6, 2014

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