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hiking
15 days ago

This map is misleading as it starts you on the Exeter Trail which is 2.5 miles of flat trail next to the Schuylkill River before you get to the actual Neversink Loop. If you want to skip the extra 5 miles, look for the Klapperthal parking lot in your GPS. That said, the flat portion was lovely and a very easy walk. The day I did this I only hiked up to Witches’ Hat, and I missed a sign about a closed trail due to hunting (there was a large branch covering it). There are a bunch of side trails here so I suggest checking out the Neversink Mountain Preserve website online to see all of them. There is personal property mixed in as well, so just be aware of that.

Easy trail with modest elevation change, half mile from Pagoda to historic Peace Rock painted on the cliffs on Mount Penn during the Anti Vietnam war movement and back to the Pagoda. Forest setting.

hiking
1 month ago

Several different trails that intertwine and really keep you interested with the different scenery. This is a great place to bring your dogs and for beginners. If I was introducing someone into the outdoors here in PA I would probably put Nolde towards the top of the list.

As others have mentioned, there are no blazes, so I'd highly recommend picking up a trail map when you get there to keep track of how the trails join since there are several that seemingly begin and stop.

hiking
2 months ago

Great place to bring kids of all ages. Trail is flat and fast. It runs along the creek. Well manicured and heavily traveled.

This was a very confusing hike. Too many different trails that intersect one another, which normally isn't an issue, unless they are not well marked. In this case, almost none of the trails are marked. Occasionally I saw some colored markings on trees, but they didn't last. Fortunately, I was able to somewhat follow the trail on the AllTrails app, so I completed it, but had to keep my phone out to follow the entire time. I would not recommend or hike it again unless I'm in the area and desperate to do a hike.

Nice quick hike

hiking
2 months ago

This was a good trail with minimal views the first portion of the hike is gravel and very easy flat walk to get to the trail. The hike we did was about 8 Miles not sure how somebody seems to have walked a lot further and it was labeled a 10 mile. I would recommend starting closer and enjoying more of in the woods trail portion of these trails. Don’t mind the end of my map I got in my car and left before turning off the recording. I stopped where I started.

mountain biking
2 months ago

Lovely ride. The trail is mostly flat and shady and passes under a covered bridge at the heritage center where there are bathrooms and a snack bar. The main drawback was the mosquitoes. Bring your repellent!

hiking
3 months ago

lots of topography change in a compact space.

Nice comfortable trail for families.

3 months ago

A nice easy walk for the kids. Just be careful of the bike riders, the path is narrow at some places.

I love Neversink, run or hike it frequently. But holy poison ivy! After the real steep incline on the long/orange loop it is unavoidable .

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

I love this trail. It is a peaceful place and a great trail.

walking
5 months ago

A nice trail to go running on. For the people that like more adventure kind of boring. A nice trail along the water

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.

hiking
6 months ago

~ BEAUTIFUL TRAIL! Unlike most nature trails, Nolde added bridges and platforms to the trails to make your hike a little more aesthetic. The architecture of these platforms and bridges were very well thought out and definitely won’t bore you. They also do amazing in creating pictures ~

hiking
7 months ago

Good trail for a first hike of the season, although if you're looking for a quiet, peaceful, serene hike, this is definitely not the trail to hike, as it overlooks the inner city of Reading, PA. Good trail for taking the family out as its mostly flat and level with only a few spots of slight elevation. Overall, its a decent trail to get yourself ready for the real hiking season elsewhere.

beautiful trail, good spot to take the kids too.

hiking
7 months ago

Went on a hot April day, it was very nice because we weren’t under the direct sun and we’re by the water for much of the hike which made it cooler. Lots to see, but would’ve been better if we’d gone when there were leaves on the trees. Everything was a little dead. Otherwise, it was a great 2 hours hike!

hiking
8 months ago

Great trail for first time hikers or as a practice trail for starting the season. Trail is well marked and is maintained. It was a little too close to the city of Reading for my taste but it's not too bad. Myself, the fiancee', and 15yr. old stepson did the trail in a very short time. The trail is used by mountain bikers but I only saw 2 during the whole trip. Overall, not a bad trail, not too challenging, and a good way to work the cobwebs out in preparation for more lengthy or difficult trails.

hiking
8 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.

hiking
9 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
10 months ago

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

hiking
10 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.

hiking
11 months ago

Great trails through tall pines, along the creek and around remnants of the original owners (gravel roads, mansion, etc). I'm glad I grabbed a map because the trails do not have blazes. They have signs but mostly at trail intersections. It's get a little confusing. Overall nice hike though. Some steep hills but nothing too challenging.

hiking
Tuesday, December 12, 2017

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
Monday, December 11, 2017

Beautiful sights along the way.

walking
Sunday, December 10, 2017

It's very pretty decorated right now for the holidays! A very nice walk!

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