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Not a bad hike, trail can be a little hard to follow and further down there are lots of down trees. I like the fact that you can make this hike as easy or as challenging as you like

Brought my 9 year old and took my 9 month old in a baby carrier on this trail, so I would definitely say it’s family friendly! Kinda muddy but other than that it was great - will definitely be back!

I think I just saw a bald eagle flying over the river

Really fun hike along the AT. Take the North Trail where it splits off from the AT for the best views on a clear day. And the South Trail is a lot of fun - if you enjoy a good rock scramble!!

Initial incline is a real leg burner, but the views are worth all the work. This was a fun hike, different terrains, areas that become slightly challenging, but it was a never ending cycle of scenery and ridge views. Def recommend

I hiked the J walk and South Park sections of this Trail. Came up at 7.5 with the Eastern Loop still to do. So I think this is actually more like 10 miles. The jaywalk is easy to moderate. The South Park though is more along the lines of moderate to difficult. It's heavy Rock Trails reminds me of the Appalachian trails in Pennsylvania. Some beautiful scenery and Midway through I found a surprise at one tree. I don't want to give away the surprise so you would have to see it for yourself. It's on the South Park Trail. All in all, this was a great hike and especially challenging since it is geared more toward mountain bikers which means that the path is not level like most hiking trails. Lots of ups and downs, and curvy pants. It annoyed me at first, but I actually quite enjoyed it toward the end.

one note and update though. They closed off the road at the southern intersection of the South Park Trail and jaywalk Trail. so there is no access to the spillway. It's a shame because it looks nice, and they built additional fencing to keep people out. I could have probably gone around it, but I didn't want to take a chance on poison ivy or something else going through open Woods and the plethora of no trespassing signs kept me from going further.

one thing that did bother me a little bit about this Trail was the limited amount of rest points. There are two benches one Midway and one toward the end. But the Trail is so narrow that it makes taking a quick stop along the trail for a drink or snack quite difficult.

overall, great Trail for a single or couple hiker. Might be more difficult in large groups due to the width of the trail.

Tough ascend from the start for circa 45 minutes. Interrupted the ascend with talks to the 5 or 6 AT hikers we encountered, especially near the well where they collected/treated the water that came out of a little pipe (identified by a white sign on the tree above it). Hiked on the AT until the 2nd entrance to the North Trail (near the 476 Tunnel). Then took the North Trail East, then the charcoal trail, then the Prairie Grass Trail, then the D&L Trail along the river back to the car. All was relative well marked. I think we hiked for circa 6 miles and it took us a bit more than 4hrs. Views on the North Trail were fantastic but the noise from the cars below did not make it very peaceful (that is why I rated this hike 4 stars). Came across lots of different types of vegetation and trails. Came across and ate wild blue berries and black raspberries. The descent down the Charcoal trail was the hardest due to all the stones and boulders on this trail. Was a pleasure to walk down the Prairie Grass Trail towards the river.

A family favorite! The kids and our older dogs really enjoy this trail the most.

Very steep heading up but once you get to the North Trail it levels out just in time for the views. Well worth it. Woodpecker Trail to North Trail then Appalachian Trail back to Woodpecker put us somewhere just over 5 miles.

We started at Gate 5 and it was almost immediately a steep uphill climb from there going north. I like doing the uphills first so that was good! We followed the orange loop most of the way with a side trip on the green loop so we could see the witch's hat. Very enjoyable hike. Much was wooded and shady. The trails were well-marked with blazes on the trees and signs to help you when the trails went in different directions. We were surprised on the section of orange/blue to hit another very steep part of the trail. You're rewarded by views of the city of Reading when you get nearly to the top. Just turn around to look behind you to see the city. Took a little over 3 hours.

Took the woodpecker trail to the AT then took the north trail on the way back. A stunning variation of plants and wildlife there. This trail is fairly easy and very fun.

The north and south scenic trails made it worthwhile. The views are great on the north side. The south trail is basically a mile of boulder hopping. A great adventure if you have the right shoes! The AT sections were fairly meh. I thought all of it was marked pretty well.

A quaint little trail that I’ve been going through almost 3 times a week for nearly a year. A great place to get daily exercise in. Can get very wet and muddy on the way back from the east loop.

One of the more strenuous trails I've hiked, with the gain being somewhere around 900 feet / mile. The trails coming off the AT - particularly the North Trail - are not the best marked, but when you find them you will be blown away by the views!

Took North and South scenic trails, which are more difficult and have a lot of sun exposure. The AT sections were easier and had coverage. Great loop. Wear sunscreen and a hat!

Steep climb to the AT 3 trails to take to different spots loop back or stay on the AT towards Germanville

hiking
4 months ago

Nice trail. South trail has very gradual climb with nice views of the river and as you make the bend toward the North trail, Nice views of Reading city and the pagoda across the valley on Mt Penn. Along the North trail there is the witch's hat pavilion(1890 construction), radio tower and power lines, water tanks... There are a number of historical ruins from when this area was a get-away spot for Reading inhabitants. There are some nice steep climbs, creeks and older trees on the nob tops.

Nice easy hike. Both of my daughters (6 and 4 yrs old) enjoyed.

It was tough to do and an awesome challenge. But take the “scenic route” that is an off shoot of it. It adds a little bit of distance but walks along the open side of the mountain.

Great first hike for my 6 year old daughter; not hard and enjoyable. We had fun

hiking
5 months ago

This is a fun trail and I got to hike it this past weekend before and after snow. There is a lot to see and it offers a variety of terrain for hiking, and it’s not difficult. There are also many other little trails to explore.

hiking
6 months ago

Nice trail with flat to steep terrain. Great views with historical remnants inter dispersed along trail. McIlvain pavilion a must see.

a little overgrown and somewhat challenging to navigate the trail due to leaves covering the path. Still really enjoyed the trails. can't wait to come back in the spring

hiking
6 months ago

Great mountain to hike and tailor it to what you like by your trail selection. Best hiked in October thru April unless you like to deal with overgrowth and copperhead snakes.

Views in the winter are much better, especially with snow providing a contrasting backdrop.

mountain biking
7 months ago

Great mountain bike trail at the end of Tower Road off of 611.

hiking
8 months ago

Love, love, love Neversink! I lived nearby for 8 years and hiked these trails every chance I got. A quick hop in the car to the Klapperthal parking area or a jog from the 26th street entrance made hiking here nice and convenient.

The moderate Orange Trail starts with a picturesque climb over brooks and bridges and offers a nice few-hour hike around the mountain, or a simple walk to the beautiful South Outlook.

The Cove trail offers a quick, but steep incline/decline to or from the South Outlook, and the newer hunting season Red Trail is a nice winding shortcut to the northern part of the mountain.

The steep Purple trail is my favorite! It's fun uphill or down, and its mostly-straight upward pathway is a nice diversion from other windier pathways. Along the way, you'll pass the base of a decorative fountain from a long-ago hotel. Hidden off the trail is the wine cellar from the hotel.

The Blue trail is at the height of the west side of the mountain. It offers a short cut between two points of the Orange Trail. It's coincidence that it's also the nicest workout if you're looking for incline hiking.

The Witches Hat pavilion is located by the North Lookout, which offers a view of nearby Reading. Slightly down hill is a closer view of the north.

There are many types of trails at Neversink. From flat running trails to mountainous bike trails, one can easily make a day of the trails here. I will miss having this place in my backyard!

hiking
8 months ago

This is a very nice hike if you are looking for some rugged terrain and climbs. Do yourself a favor and map out your GPS ahead of time because we couldn't find a parking lot and ended up parking at the Exeter Trail entrance, which was fine but adds another 5 miles to your hike. All the fallen leaves have covered up any rocks ( and there are a lot ) on the trail so wear great hiking footwear and don't rush. We did the entire loop and once we got to the "BLUE" marked trail we hiked straight up to the top and was great exercise. Once we peaked we could tell we were in a water runoff trough from the mountain, which was a challenge decent with rocks covered in leaves. From where we parked and hiking all the loops available we clocked around 15 miles in 4 hours. If you plan on visiting before the end of the year wear bright colors as there is hunting allowed on parts of the "ORANGE" loop. There are signs posted, and a detour trail marked with " RED & WHITE" which was actually the most challenging and fun part of our day.
We will definitely hike this again.

hiking
8 months ago

This is a very nice hike if you are looking for some rugged terrain and climbs. Do yourself a favor and map out your GPS ahead of time because we couldn't find a parking lot and ended up parking at the Exeter Trail entrance, which was fine but adds another 5 miles to your hike. All the fallen leaves have covered up any rocks ( and there are a lot ) on the trail so wear great hiking footwear and don't rush. We did the entire loop and once we got to the "BLUE" marked trail we hiked straight up to the top and was great exercise. Once we peaked we could tell we were in a water runoff trough from the mountain, which was a challenge decent with rocks covered leaves. From where we parked and hiking all the loops available we clocked around 15 miles in 4 hours. If you plan on visiting before the end of the year wear bright colors as there is hunting allowed on parts of the "ORANGE" loop. There are signs posted, and a detour trail marked with " RED & WHITE" which was actually the most challenging and fun part of our day.
We will definitely hike this again.

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